Adolphus George Broomfield was born in 1906 in Toronto and lived in Mississauga, Ontario. Recognized as a painter, etcher, graphic artist and textile designer Broomfield played an active role in the arts community in Toronto. He studied at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto from 1927-30 with many noptable artists such as J.W. Beatty, Emanuel Hahn, Fred S. Haines, Robert Holmes, C.W. Jefferys, Arthur Lismer, J.E.H. MacDonald and G.A. Reid. He also at the University of New York, Vermont University, and at the Slade School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture in London. After graduation he designed large carpets for buildings like the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montréal and the Royal York Hotel in Toronto.
His mediums included oil, watercolor, colored chalk, block prints, drypoint etching and textiles. His subjects were landscapes, figures and often social commentary. His artistic styles incorporated realism, impressionism, expressionism and fauvism, much of his work was influenced by the Group of Seven.
Broomfield was a member of the Ontario Society of Artists, the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (ARCA 1944, RCA 1975), the Canadian Society of Graphic Artists and the Canadian Painters and Etchers Society.
He exhibited with the RCA from 1932 to 1961. He also exhibited at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. He was a Squadron Leader in the R.C.A.F. in World War II serving in Europe as an equipment officer and later as an artist. His work is in many private, corporate and public collections. Some of the public collections are the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Sarnia Art Gallery.
Broomfield died in 1992.