Category:LGBT artists from Canada
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The following 79 pages are in this category, out of 79 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Joe Average – Joe Average is a Canadian artist who resides in Vancouver, British Columbia. Diagnosed HIV+ at age 27, Average made the decision to commit the rest of his life to art and he was born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Average frequently donates work to charitable causes, such as Vancouvers annual Art for Life auction and his work has been used for such projects as A Loving Spoonful and the Davie Village. Average has also selected to judge submissions for Vancouvers AIDS memorial. Average is known for his cheerful, colorful, cartoon-like work, including images of flowers, animals and insects and he has received many awards and honors, including civic merit awards, the Caring Canadian Award and the Queens Golden Jubilee Silver Medal for Outstanding Community Achievement. Vancouver mayor Philip Owen issued a proclamation to designate November 3,2002 as Joe Average Day in the city. Average was honored as one of two grand marshals of Vancouvers annual gay parade in August 2006. In 2011, he was suffering from lipodystrophy, a side effect of Antiretroviral therapy. Royal Canadian Academy of Arts Joe Average
2. Keith Cole (performance artist) – Keith Cole is a queer Canadian performance artist and political activist. Originally from Thunder Bay, Ontario, he is based in Toronto. An alumnus of York Universitys Fine Arts program, Cole has worked in film and video, dance and theatre performance and his theatrical work has included the shows Mine, Alma, The Needle Exchange and Dodged Bullets/Missed Opportunities. He was also a contestant in the original 2006 edition of Canadas Worst Handyman, Cole is most famous for an incident in December 2004. Although he was criticized by Fife House, the events beneficiary. He has been the subject of two songs by Toronto-based queercore band Kids on TV, We Are the New Keith Cole, Cole performed a vocal in the album version of the former song, and directed the music video for the latter. The shows cast also included Adamo Ruggiero and Gavin Crawford, in 2010, Cole ran as a candidate for Mayor of Toronto in the citys mayoral election
3. Douglas Coupland – Douglas Coupland OC OBC is a Canadian novelist and artist. His fiction is complemented by recognized works in design and visual art arising from his formal training. His first novel, the 1991 international bestseller Generation X, Tales for an Accelerated Culture, popularized terms such as McJob and he has published thirteen novels, two collections of short stories, seven non-fiction books, and a number of dramatic works and screenplays for film and television. He is a columnist for Financial Times and he is also a frequent contributor to The New York Times, e-flux, DIS, and Vice. Coupland is an Officer of the Order of Canada, and a member of the Order of British Columbia and he published his thirteenth novel Worst. He also released a version of City of Glass and a biography of Marshall McLuhan for Penguin Canada in their Extraordinary Canadians series, called Extraordinary Canadians. He is the presenter of the 2010 Massey Lectures, and a novel to the lectures, Player One – What Is to Become of Us. Janet Coupland, a graduate in comparative religion from McGill University, in 1965, the Coupland family relocated to West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, where Couplands father opened private family medical practice at the completion of his military tour. Coupland describes his upbringing as producing a blank slate and my mother comes from a sour-faced family of preachers who from the 19th century to well into the 20th scoured the prairies thumping Bibles. Her parents tried to get away from that but unwittingly transmitted their values to my mother and my fathers family werent that different. Graduating from Sentinel Secondary School in West Vancouver in 1979, Coupland went to McGill University with the intention of studying the sciences, Coupland left McGill at the years end and returned to Vancouver to attend art school. At the Emily Carr College of Art and Design on Granville Island in Vancouver, in Couplands words and its the one place Ive felt truly, totally at home. It was a magic era between the hippies and the PC goon squads, everyone talked to everyone and you could ask anybody anything. He also completed courses in science, fine art. Established as a designer working in Tokyo, Coupland suffered a condition brought on by Tokyos summer climate. Before leaving Japan, Coupland had sent a postcard ahead to a friend in Vancouver, the friends husband, a magazine editor, read the postcard and offered Coupland a job writing for the magazine. Coupland began writing for magazines as a means of paying his studio bills, reflecting on his becoming a writer, Coupland has admitted that he became one By accident. I never wanted to be a writer, now that I do it, theres nothing else Id rather do
4. Dean DeBlois – Dean DeBlois is a Canadian film director, film producer, screenwriter, animator and editor. DeBlois was born in Aylmer, Quebec, as a young boy, he was interested in comic books, which later influenced his drawing ability, sense of imagination and story-telling. Growing up poor, he visited on weekends a little shop in a strip mall close to his house. Memorizing the comics, he went home and drew, from 1988 to 1990, DeBlois contributed to such productions as The Raccoons, The Teddy Bears Picnic, and The Nutcracker Prince. Upon graduation from Sheridan College in 1990, DeBlois was hired by Sullivan Bluth Studios in Dublin, there, he worked as a layout artist, character designer, and storyboard assistant to Don Bluth on such feature animated films as A Troll in Central Park and Thumbelina. Shortly thereafter, they re-teamed to create Lilo & Stitch, DeBlois feature length music documentary film Heima chronicles the homecoming concert of Icelands Sigur Rós. In October 2008, DeBlois returned to animation to co-write and co-direct DreamWorks Animations then-troubled How to Train Your Dragon. The duo re-envisioned the films story and shepherded the production to its March 2010 release, the resulting film became the studios top-grossing film in North America outside of the Shrek franchise. DeBlois wrote and directed the fantasy/action film How to Train Your Dragon 2, a sequel to the original, the Raccoons The Teddy Bears Picnic The Nutcracker Prince Thumbelina A Troll in Central Park Mulan Atlantis, The Lost Empire Lilo & Stitch Stitch. The Movie Lilo & Stitch, The Series Lilo & Stitch 2, how to Train Your Dragon Go Quiet How to Train Your Dragon 2 How to Train Your Dragon 3 DeBlois was born in Brockville, Ontario and raised in Aylmer, Quebec. Dean DeBlois at the Internet Movie Database
5. Jess Dobkin – Jess Dobkin is a performance artist who emerged in Toronto, Canada in 2002. She is best known for her 2006 work The Lactation Station and she has a B. A. in Women’s Studies from Oberlin College, and an M. F. A. in Performance Art from Rutgers University. She is a Fellow at the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto, Dobkins work draws on her experience as a lesbian and a mother. Her body often figures prominently in her performances, such as Fee for Service a performance installation where audience members were invited to sharpen a pencil in Dobkins vagina, Dobkin has collaborated with other performance artists, including Martha Wilson, founder of the Franklin Furnace Archive. Dobkin is also known as a community organizer and often combines this with her creative work, in May 2015, after a successful crowdfunding campaign, she collaborated with many Toronto artists to create an alternative newsstand in a vacant kiosk at the Chester Subway Station for one year. The newsstand provides artists space to exhibit their work, providing an exchange for the commuters at the same time it sells newspapers, magazines. In 2006, Dobkin exhibited The Lactation Station in Toronto at the Ontario College of Art and Designs Professional Gallery, in this exhibition, Dobkin invited audience members to sample human breast milk. It was remounted in 2012 as part of the OFFTA Festival in Montreal, in 2015, Dobkin created ‘How Many Performance Artists Does it Take to Change a Lightbulb and performed it at Enoch Turner Schoolhouse in Toronto as part of Images Festival. The work is a response and ode to one of America’s foremost groundbreaking performance artists, Martha Wilson, and offers reflections and humorous observations on the way we see. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto, FADO Performance Art Centre, Digital Dramaturgy Lab at U of T. jessdobkin. com Jess Dobkin’s Social Mirror Ball – Dykes on Mykes
6. Arthur Erickson – Arthur Charles Erickson, CC was a Canadian architect and urban planner. He studied Asian languages at the University of British Columbia, ericksons buildings are often modernist concrete structures designed to respond to the natural conditions of their locations, especially climate. Many buildings, such as the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver, are inspired by the post, additionally, Erickson is also known for numerous futuristic designs such as the Fresno City Hall and the Biological Sciences Building at the University of California, Irvine. Ericksons biographer Nicholas Olsberg described the building as making fun of the terms to which buildings must adhere in Washington. Mocking the US and all of its imperial pretensions, Erickson was born in Vancouver, the son of Oscar Erickson and Myrtle Chatterson. He served in the Canadian Army Intelligence Corps during World War II, after graduating from McGill in 1950, Erickson traveled a few years then taught at the University of Oregon and subsequently the University of British Columbia. After teaching, he worked for a few years at Thompson Berwick and Pratt, in 1963, Erickson and Massey submitted the winning design for Simon Fraser University. Erickson was mentor of many other noted local architects and urbanists and his buildings were also the subject of painting by famous artists including Vancouver artist Tiko Kerr. In 1973, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and was promoted to Companion in 1981, in 1986, he received the AIA Gold Medal. Erickson lived in Point Grey with his partner and interior design collaborator. He died in Vancouver on May 20,2009, Erickson is survived by his brother, nephews, and niece. Arthur Erickson, Canadian Architect Who Mirrored Landscapes, Dies at 84, B. C. architect Arthur Erickson dead at 84, The Province, Thursday, May 21,2009. Renowned architect Arthur Erickson dead at 84, The Vancouver Sun, Thursday, May 21,2009
7. Evergon – He was born Albert Lunt in 1946 in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. He studied at the Rochester Institute of Technology in the early 1970s, throughout his career his work has used the medium of photography and photo-collage. Major themes in his work include personal sexuality, gender construction, aging and his work frequently includes art historical references and questions accepted interpretation of certain canonical art. He was among the artists of the 1960s and 1970s who reacted against of the conventions of studio photography established through the post-World War II period and he has had over a thousand shows in Canada and internationally. Evergon currently lives and works in Montreal and teaches at Concordia University
8. Peter Flinsch – He was born in Leipzig, Germany, the grandson of German art historian Ulrich Thieme. Flinsch, like many young Germans during the Nazi era, was obliged to join the Hitler Youth, at the onset of the Second World War he decided to fulfill his military obligation and joined the anti-aircraft artillery of the Luftwaffe. In 1942, after a Christmas party, he was spotted kissing another man and was charged under section 175-1 of the Third Reichs criminal code and he was sentenced to a disciplinary minesweeping unit where being overworked, underfed, and mistreated by fellow convicts he developed malaria. At the end of the war in 1945, Flinsch began working as a designer in Leipzig and Berlin. He subsequently moved to Vancouver in 1953, reuniting with his friend and lover Heino Heiden who was then the artistic director and choreographer for the Vancouver Ballet Company. He finally settled in Montreal to work for Radio-Canada, where he worked for over 30 years, following his retirement from Radio-Canada in 1985, he began to exhibit his own artwork in drawing, painting, and sculpture. In 1998, one of his friends suggested that he display his art on the Internet, with much persuasion, his web presence was born. Eventually he enjoyed being contacted from complete strangers who were interested in his work and his web site also brought him into contact with an old lover from Paris in the 1940s, and a distant relative. The Body in Question, a biography by Ross Higgins which includes 110 pages of Flinschs artwork, was published in 2008 by Arsenal Pulp Press and he died in Montreal, Quebec on March 30,2010
9. Terence Koh – Terence Koh is a Canadian artist who has also worked under the alias asianpunkboy. The artists work spans a range of media, including drawing, sculpture, video, performance, originally working under the alias asianpunkboy, Koh designed zines and custom-made books. His recent work has expanded to include performances, complex installations. Much of his work involves queer, punk, and pornographic sensibilities. In 2008, he was listed in Out magazines Out 100 People of the Year, Koh was raised in Mississauga, Ontario, and now lives in Northern California. He is a Chinese-Canadian artist who received degrees from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver and The University of Waterloo, Kohs work was included in the Whitney Biennial, and the Yokohama Triennial. In 2008, he was a finalist for the Sobey Award and his work is in the permanent collections of institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and the Tate Modern, London, UK. Koh has previously worked with Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Sean Kelly Gallery, Mary Boone Gallery and he is represented by Moran Bondaroff in Los Angeles. Kohs work has associated with New Gothic Art. So Roberta Smith described the work in an appreciative March,2011 and this is performance art reduced to a bare and relentless rite in a space that has been stripped down to a kind of temple. Maybe the work is an apology for past bad-boy behavior. In 2008 he created the Terence Koh Show on YouTube, in which visitors to his home are either interviewed by Koh, each show is usually not more than a few minutes in length. Some episodes are more abstract, such as when he plays the video forward, notable guests have included Marina Abramović, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and most recently, Lady Gaga. In the clip with Lady Gaga titled 88 pearls, Koh counts a bowl of pearls with Lady Gaga, Kohs affiliation with the pop star began at the 2010 Grammys, where Lady Gaga performed on a piano designed by Koh specifically for the occasion. In the tradition of Piero Manzoni, Koh has gold-plated and sold his own feces for a total of $500,000.00 to collectors. Terence Kohs website Moran Bondaroff, Terence Koh Saatchi Gallery, Terence Koh Koh Birdy – Terence Koh Project New York magazine article LA Times article Times article
10. Bruce LaBruce – Bruce LaBruce is a Canadian actor, writer, filmmaker, photographer and underground adult director based in Toronto, Ontario. His films explore themes of sexual and interpersonal transgression against cultural norms, frequently blending the artistic, LaBruce was born in Tiverton, Ontario. He has claimed both Justin Stewart and Bryan Bruce as his name in different sources. He studied film at York University in Toronto and wrote for Cineaction magazine, curated by Robin Wood and he first gained public attention with the publication of the queer punk zine J. D. s, which he co-edited with G. B. Jones. He has also published in Toronto Life, the National Post. The queercore movement was born in the 1980s and LaBruce was one of the fathers, noted as the avant-garde and unapologetic gay answer to the punk movement, queercore expressed the very same discontent with society as the punks were stating. His movie, Otto, or, Up With Dead People debuted at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, L. A. Zombie was banned from the Melbourne International Film Festival in 2010 because, in the opinion of Australian censors, it would have been refused classification. However, the film was able to screen at OutTakes. In March 2011, LaBruce directed a performance of Arnold Schoenbergs opera Pierrot Lunaire at the Hebbel am Ufer Theatre in Berlin and this iteration of the opera included gender diversity, castration scenes and dildos, as well as portraying Pierrot as a transgender man. He subsequently also filmed this adaptation as the 2014 theatrical film Pierrot Lunaire, beginning with Gerontophilia in 2013, LaBruce dropped some of the more sexually explicit aspects of his filmmaking style. Boy, Girl I Know What Its Like to Be Dead Bruce and Pepper Wayne Gacys Home Movies, Zombie Gerontophilia Pierrot Lunaire The Misandrists Ulrikes Brain The Reluctant Pornographer Ride Queer, Ride BruceLaBruce. com Bruce LaBruce at the Internet Movie Database
11. Ryan Larkin – Ryan Larkin was a Canadian animator, artist, and sculptor who rose to fame with the psychedelic Oscar-nominated short Walking and the acclaimed Street Musique. He was the subject of the Oscar-winning film Ryan, Larkin had idolized his older brother, whom he described as cool. In 1958, he and his brother went boating, the boat began sinking, Larkin was unable to save him because he had never learned to swim, and stated that his brothers death deeply scarred him. Larkin attended the Art School of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts where he studied under Arthur Lismer before starting to work at the National Film Board of Canada in 1962, Larkin was bisexual, having had sexual and romantic relationships with both women and men during his lifetime. At the National Film Board of Canada, Larkin learned animation techniques from the ground-breaking and award-winning animator Norman McLaren and he made two acclaimed short animated films, Syrinx and Cityscape, before going on to create Walking. Walking was nominated for an Academy Award in 1970 in the category Best Short Subject, Cartoon and he went on to direct the award-winning short Street Musique, which premiered in 1972 and would be the last of his works, finished during his lifetime. He also contributed art work and animation effects to NFB films including the 1974 feature Running Time, directed by Mort Ransen, in 1975, the NFB commissioned Larkin to create a mural for the entrance foyer at its Montreal headquarters. He delivered a piece featuring an adolescent boy with an erection, Larkin left the NFB in 1978. In later years Larkin was plagued by a spiral of drug abuse, alcoholism. As of 2002, Larkin had been working with composer Laurie Gordon of the band Chiwawa on a new animated film entitled Spare Change, together they founded Spare Change Productions and sought funding for the film through Gordons production company MusiVision. They received grants from Bravo. FACT, the Canada Council for the Arts, MusiVision and the National Film Board of Canada went into co-production only after Larkins death. Spare Change premiered at the Festival du Nouveau Cinema on October 9,2008, Spare Change features three CHIWAWA tunes for which Larkin created storyboards and animation, including Do It For Me from the 2005 release Bright. MusiVision also produced the documentary film Ryans Renassaince for CTV Television about Ryans final years, his return to creating art and it was produced by Gordon and Nicola Zavaglia. It was the first professional work he had executed in over 20 years, Larkin said that he had given up some bad habits, including drinking, in order to better focus on his animating career. Larkin died in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec on February 14,2007 from lung cancer which had spread to his brain
12. Elisha Lim – Elisha Lim is an artist and graphic novelist living in Montreal. Lim advocates the use of the pronoun they. Elisha Lim was born in Toronto and attended Catholic convent primary and secondary schools in Singapore and their sister is the writer and cultural critic Thea Lim. Lims first graphic novel,100 Butches, is a collection of queer portraits and it was due to be released in 2008 through Alyson Books, but many of Alysons contracts were suspended as the publishing house sought a new buyer. When negotiations failed, its parent company switched Alyson to e-book only publishing in 2010, Lim signed a new contract with Magnus Books in 2011, and the novel is still forthcoming. It has received gay media coverage regardless, which dubbed Lim a Queer Woman to Watch on afterellen. com, Lim also toured North America with Michelle Teas queer writers caravan Sister Spit, presenting excerpts from the novel. 100 Butches has been awarded grants by the Canada Arts Council, since finishing 100 Butches, Lim has drawn a variety of comic strips. The Sweetest Taboo was a comic about childrens pop culture in the 1980s that ran in Capital Xtra, Queer Pioneers ran in Diva Magazine, and the 12-panel wall calendar Sissy is a self-published celebration of femininity and sissydom. Lim creates portraits of marginal subcultures out of traces or pastels, Lim came out as queer in Berlin before moving back to Canada, where they credit the Asian Arts Freedom School for inspiring a turn to anti-racist activism. Lim has organized and co-founded events in Toronto that promote queer and trans people of colour, including Fresh to Def, Lim and Lims partner, Coco Riot, also collaborate to promote the use of they as a pronoun with a singular, gender-neutral object. The Toronto Star called Lim a Celesbian, and in 2012 Lim was called one of the Top 25 Significant Queers of 2011, Lim pursued a music career until a fortune teller told Lim to quit and take up drawing. Other members include Ali Naqvi on synth, Sarah Creagen on violin, amongst other gigs, they have played at Toronto Pride and the Art Gallery of Ontario. 100 Butches Queer Pioneers, Diva, about notable dead lesbians Sweetest Taboo, Capital Xtra
13. Frances Loring – Frances Norma Loring, a Canadian sculptor born on October 14,1887 in Wardner, Idaho and died February 5,1968 in Newmarket, ON. Loring was a Royal Canadian Academy of Arts member, Sculptors Society of Canada member and founding, Loring studied in Europe before enrolling at the Art Institute of Chicago where she studied with Lorado Taft. At the Institute she met Florence Wyle with whom she was to have a lifelong partnership, in 1911 the two moved to Toronto, eventually establishing a studio in a converted church schoolhouse at 110 Glenrose Avenue in the Moore Park neighborhood. In 1928 Loring and Wyle were founding members of the Sculptors Society of Canada in 1928 with Alfred Laliberté, Elizabeth Wyn Wood, Woods teacher and husband Emanuel Hahn and Henri Hébert. She was made a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts Her work was exhibited by the Womens Art Association of Canada. In 1960, works by Loring along with those of Edmund Alleyn, Graham Coughtry, Jean Paul Lemieux, Frances Loring is famous for her unique sculptures. She was a member and the founding of the Sculptors Society of Canada and the organizer of the Federation of Canadian Artists. Loring used to create her art based on the facts that were happening around her in history and she worked with a big variety of materials to make her sculptures, Loring was known as well for creating with Florence Wyle large sculptors. They became influences to life and art around Canada, “The Girls” how society call them at the time, were two women who lived together and were sculptors. They dedicated their lives to represent art in a traditional and modern ways of expressions. For instance, in 1928, at the University of Toronto they created a war memorial in Osgoode Hall, also, the Queen Elizabeth Way monument, that first was located in Toronto but now is in Ontario in 1975. She also created a portrait of the Robert Borden in bronze, during Lorings career, she produced and created hundreds of different pieces of art, including architectural sculptures, portraits, and garden sculptures. Loring is closely associated with fellow sculptor Florence Wyle, and they were known to become some of the first prominent Canadian sculptures. Loring and Wyle are usually connected with each other because their relationship, Loring and Wyle first met at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1905, which resulted in a long friendship. Even though the two women were after the commissions, they often collaborated on multiple projects with each other. After Loring and Wyles works have gained popularity, both artists contributed significant influence on Canadian art by showing that the art of sculpting is equally as important as any other art form. Loring and Wyle had moved into a church in 1920. After their sculptures gained some popularity, the church headquarters for the Sculptors Society of Canada. In 1913, Loring and Wyle moved in together in Toronto, after the War society started to have a movement for non-representational sculptures, towards this path Loring’s work started to lose the big popularity