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Thomas Gleghorn was born in 1925, in Thornley, England. Three years later, he emigrated with his family to the depression town of Warner’s Bay, on the shores of Lake Macquarie in N.S.W.
Life in a simple ‘ Humpies’ home of bush timber, white-washed flour bags and earth floors, had little to offer the young Thomas, until a local ex marine, Joe Westcott, introduced him to Aesop’s Fables, spurring a lifelong quest for knowledge. Under the guidance of William Dobell, Gleghorn embraced painting at the age of 24 and began exhibiting in Sydney from 1954. Today, Thomas Gleghorn is one Australia’s leading artists. A figurative and abstract painter, drawer, and printmaker, Gleghorn won over 30 major awards between 1957 and 1973 and held around 34 solo exhibitions from 1959 to 1992. Thomas worked mainly as a painter, with brief forays into the world of linocut, an artform which he taught himself. Under the Helena Rubenstein Scholarship, Gleghorn visited the Curwen Press, printing a series of 10 lithographs in 1963 at the Birgot Skiold Print Studio in London, and was included in the Tokyo Print Biennale in 1960.
Gleghorn worked as artist designer for Grace Bros, then for Farmers, Sydney, director of Blaxland Galleries, Sydney, taught at the National Art School, Sydney in 1960, was Head of Canberra Art School, Lecturer in Art, the senior lecturer at Bedford Park Teachers College, Adelaide.
For almost 50 years, Gleghorn has consistently won a multitude of art prizes; his works are represented across Australia, from regional and state galleries, to National Gallery of Australia. Corporate collections include IBM, ICI, State Bank, Perth, Sydney, London and Hong Kong.
Gleghorn was honoured with the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the arts as a painter and teacher. Thomas Gleghorn’s enduring love of art is matched by his love of good food and wine.