Halfred Tygesen was born in Copenhagen, Denmark and came to Canada in 1926. He had attended art school in Denmark and became a member of the Danish Royal Academy. In Canada, Tygesen introduced a technique for pastel "painting". He travelled across the country painting scenes from Stanley Park in Vancouver to the Ontario countryside. He also painted Danish landscapes and seascapes based on drawings he had done before he moved to Canada. While he was quite prolific and sold through a wide variety of channels, including the Eaton College store, his paintings are becoming increasingly harder to come by.