Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts

Bruce Eves Visual artist

Bruce Eves on provocation and telling the uncomfortable truths

A film by Saman Malik

"Through performance, curatorial, installation, archival and photo-based projects, he has produced a remarkably prolific body of work..."

“Bruce Eves has a restless mind. His commitment to the rigor of historical research – whether art history, gay history, or his own personal history – has been at the core of his work across his 40-year career. Through performance, curatorial, installation, archival and photo-based projects, he has produced a remarkably prolific body of work that exhibits a logical growth and development without falling into the trap of easy repetition.

That Eves has been able to wrestle with the challenges and traumas he has encountered, and found within them the seeds of art, illustrates his vitality as an artist and his ability to fashion artistic assertions from his own lived experiences. This echoes what philosopher Mary Warnock would insist ‘operates under perpetual tension: the only way to cope with life is to learn what to forget; the only way to feel one has an identity is to remember.’”

- Lily Eng, performance artist (nominator)

Selected works

Bruce Eves, Becoming Visible: The Spirit of Stonewall, 1994, photo, 22.86 cm x 30.48 cm. New York Public Library collection. Photo: IGIC inc.

Bruce Eves, Becoming Visible: The Spirit of Stonewall, 1994, photo, 22.86 cm x 30.48 cm. New York Public Library collection. Photo: IGIC inc.

Bruce Eves, Work #500: Self-portrait #47 (Tasteless), 2001, laser print on paper, image size: 22.86 cm x 30.48 cm (overall 40.64 cm x 50.8 cm). Various private collections.

Bruce Eves, Work #500: Self-portrait #47 (Tasteless), 2001, laser print on paper, image size: 22.86 86 cm x 30.48 48 cm (overall 40.64 cm x 50.8 cm). Various private collections.

Bruce Eves, Work #522: All-Male Orgy (edition 50), 2002, laser print on paper, 60.96 cm x 76.2 cm. Various private collections.

Bruce Eves, Work #522: All-Male Orgy (edition 50), 2002, laser print on paper, 60.96 cm x 76.2 cm. Various private collections.

Bruce Eves, Work #693: All His Family Left Me With (A Readymade), 2005, photo album pages, 78.74 cm x 129.54 cm.

Bruce Eves, Work #693: All His Family Left Me With (A Readymade), 2005, photo album pages, 78.74 cm x 129.54 cm.

Bruce Eves, Work #842: Untitled self-portrait #49 (Nine Blood Pressure Readings) Old /Sick #1, 2012, digital photo, 76.2 cm x 101.6 cm. Private collection, Toronto.

Bruce Eves, Work #842: Untitled self-portrait #49 (Nine Blood Pressure Readings) Old /Sick #1, 2012, digital photo, 76.2 cm x 101.6 cm. Private collection, Toronto.

Bruce Eves, Work #980: Polari 101 (A & B), 2017, 2 digital photos, 182.88 cm x 254 cm.

Bruce Eves, Work #980: Polari 101 (A & B), 2017, 2 digital photos, 182.88 cm x 254 cm.

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