Artist, filmmaker. Gary Lee-Nova was born in Toronto on June 26, 1943. He studied at the Vancouver School of Art (now Emily Carr University of Art + Design) (1962-63, 1960-61) and at Coventry College, England (1961-62). An important figure in the West Coast Scene of the 1960s and 1970s, Lee-Nova made his name as a painter working in hard-edged style. In the late 1960s, he was an active participant in Michael Morris and Vincent Trasov’s Image Bank, particularly influential in the development of the Colour Bar Research Project. He was also an active participant at the Sound Gallery, the Intermedia Society, and the New York Corres Sponge Dance School of Vancouver under the pseudonym Artimus Rat or Art Rat. His work has been exhibited at spaces such as the Vancouver Art Gallery, Bau-Xi Gallery (Toronto), University of Saskatchewan, the Western Front, the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, the National Gallery of Canada, and the Paris Biennale. His work is included in collections such as the National Gallery of Canada, Canada Council Art Bank, the Institute of Contemporary Art (London), and the Vancouver Art Gallery.
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.