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Born in Ottawa. Served in the Royal Canadian Navy during WWI. Completed a Law degree in 1922 and the same year attended life drawing classes at the Ontario College of Art, under J.W. Beatty. He developed a style of decorative realism in his painting and taught at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art. He became an associate of the Royal Canadian Academy in 1936 and full member in 1947. He served as president of the RCA from 1964 to 1967.
Beament served in the Navy during the First World War before settling in Montreal, where he was a graphic designer, teacher and commander of a division of RVMRC in peacetime. He enlisted again in 1939 and from 1943 to 1947, he was an official war artist. From 1964 to 1967 he was President of the Académie royale des arts du Canada.
Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Harold Beament was a landscape, figure and marine painter and printmaker using a decorative, realistic style. Harold Beament studied law but also attended the Ontario College of Art in 1922 where he trained under J.W Beatty. During WWII he served as an official Canadian war artist painting scenes at sea. In 1947, after retiring from the navy, Harold Beament travelled extensively, including the Arctic, and studied the Baffin Island Eskimos. In 1955, Beament designed a ten-cent stamps with an eskimo figure. He worked in oil, watercolour, charcoal and lithography.
Anthony . Westbridge The Collector’s Dictionary of Canadian Artists at Auction, 1999
Harold Beament attended the Ontario College of Art in 1922 and received instruction by another well-known Canadian artist, J.W. Beatty. He received the Jessie Dow Prize in 1935 at the Montreal Spring Exhibition. He served in the Second World War and later was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. (RCA) His design for the 10 cent stamp of an Inuit figure was printed here in Canada in 1955. Later, he made Eskimo lithographs for the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal. His work hangs in the National Gallery of Canada, The Dominion Archives, The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, The Museum of the province of Quebec, the Seagram collection and elsewhere. He was elected vice-president of the Royal Canadian Academy and lived in Montreal, Quebec until his death in 1984.