Clare Bice was born in 1909 in Durham, Ontario and raised in London, Ontario.
He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and English from the University of Western Ontario in 1928. From 1930 to 1932, he studied at the Art Students League of New York and Grand Central School of Art in New York. His works include landscape paintings, portraits, and figure painting. From 1940 to 1972, he was the curator of the Williams Memorial Art Gallery and Museum, now the Museum of London. He was a member of the Ontario Society of Artists and from 1967 to 1970, Clare was also the president of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. In 1973, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada.
The late artist Klaas Willem Verboom was born in London, Ontario in 1948. He began painting around the age of ten in his, then rural, neighbourhood of Pond Mills. Like many London artists of his generation, he received his formative training at H.B. Beal Secondary School, where he was a student of the late London artist Herb Ariss who was known for his impressionistic landscape paintings. Verboom, received an entrance scholarship to the Ontario College of Art, (Toronto), where he graduated in 1970. Early in his career his work was represented by Nancy Poole’s Studio and later, for many years, by the former Sandy Snelgrove’s Gallery, both of London.