• Glenn Lewis

    Artist

    Glenn Lewis was born in Chemainus in 1935 and studied at the Vancouver School of Art, UBC (here he also taught art) and with the ceramicist, Bernard Leach in England. Initially working in ceramics, by the mid-1960s he began developing a remarkably expansive art practice that has been widely exhibited, performed and screened since then and is in major collections. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, Lewis was known as Flakey Rrose Hip amongst the mail-art network. His output includes sculpture, performance, environments, synchronized swimming events, multimedia happenings, installation, correspondence art, script-writing, film, photography, dinner parties and parades. A founder of Vancouver’s Western Front, Intermedia Society and New Era Social Club, he is an influential figure in the West Coast milieu as well as international networks. Often involving travel across the globe, many of his creative projects have been collaborations and, in keeping with his questioning of artistic authorship, remain unidentified.  In 2017, Lewis received the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts.

     

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