Canadian 1925 -
A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Tom
Bjarnson studied at Winnipeg School of Art and later at Meinzingers Art School in Detroit, Michigan. He began his career in illustration in Windsor, Canada, at Greenhow & Webster Studios. In the
mid-1950s, Bjarnson worked at T.D.F. Advertising Artists in Toronto, creating designs for ad agencies, as well as editorial illustrations for magazines and book publishers in Canada and the
United States. He has also worked in London, taking assignments in Stockholm and in Dusseldorf. Bjarnson returned to Toronto in 1970, resuming his career in advertising and also began to
experiment in stamp design. He created illustrations for the magazines Weekend and The Canadian. One of the highlights of his career was his commission by the Canadian Department of National
Defense to travel to Germany to illustrate the activities of the Canadian Armed Forces for the Peacetime Artists Program. Many of these works are displayed in the collection of the National War
Museum in Ottawa.