Adsum SS18 - The Group Of Seven

Adsum SS18 - The Group Of Seven

Adsum’s spring/summer 18 collection draws influence from ‘The Group of Seven’. Whilst only beginning to become known on the international art scene the group were mislabeled as an eclectic band of Toronto bourgeois outdoorsman masquerading as an art collective.

The group was often ridiculed and dismissed before their impressionistic paintings of the Canadian wilderness helped form the national identity of a young country and become the most celebrated artists in Canadian history. Their unofficial leader, Lawren Harris, was as well known to frequent private high-society clubs & parties as he was to venture shirtless into the unforgiving wilderness with his paints and easel slung over his back.

One of, if not the most celebrated artists of the group, Tom Thomson, was a vagabond who lived in a shack in Harris’s backyard until his mysterious death while canoeing in 1917. None were particularly celebrated outdoorsmen and all came from a young country with an arts scene that lacked international recognition. Yet, they still went out and produced a collective body of work that would become absolutely essential to the national identity of Canada. The group’s work and their mix of high & low and casual & put-together was the jumping off point for the collection.

Everything is made well, and meant to be well worn, so, take a note from The Group of Seven; go outside and do what you love.

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