Brigden studied at the Central Ontario School of Art and Art Students League, New York. He and his father convinced Arthur Lismer in Sheffield, England to emigrate to Canada. He painted landscapes, always looking for figurative truth, to capture the essence of the scene. O.S.A. in 1898 and R.C.A. in 1939. He sketched with C.W. Jefferys and others. His work is represented in the National Gallery, A.G.O., and many other major collections.