Alexander M. Fleming (1875 - 1929) was the most significant artist to emerge from the Chatham area. He began creating in the years before the rise of the Group of Seven and was influenced early in his career by the Barbizon school, later the scientific colour theories of the French Impressionists, and towards the end of his career, by the Group of Seven. He was elected a member of the Ontario Society of Artists and had work accepted into prestigious Royal Canadian Academy exhibitions.
Included in the Thames Art Gallery’s Permanent Collection are over 50 works by Alexander M. Fleming. The Gallery has been very active in the past few years, collecting Fleming paintings and without these efforts, many of these artworks would be lost to the citizens of this community forever.