Artist, educator. Michael de Courcy was born in Montréal in 1944. He studied at the École des Beaux Arts in Montréal and the Vancouver School of Art (now Emily Carr University of Art + Design). He has exhibited both nationally and internationally and is represented in many public and private collections, including those of the Vancouver Art Gallery and the National Gallery of Canada. He has lectured and given workshops at cultural institutions including the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of British Columbia, and the Emily Carr University of Art + Design. In the late 1960s, during his formative years as an artist, de Courcy was a core member of the Vancouver artists collective known as the Intermedia Society.
Over the past 40 years, generally using photography, he has worked in various combination with printmaking and publishing, public art initiatives and installations, and web-based media projects. de Courcy asserts, “Art-making is, for the most part, an activity which connects me in meaningful ways to the world at large, to my community, and to my family. The focus of my work has consistently been on place, social identity, and everyday life. As interaction with the public has always been a prime motivation, I have worked to discover new and effective means (often beyond the conventional gallery setting) to position my work within my community in a relevant way.”
Discrete project sites documenting the work of specific artists and collectives in detail.
Essays and conversation providing a context for exploring the Project Sites and Archives.
Video interviews conducted between December 2008 and May 2009 reflecting on Vancouver’s art scene in the sixties.