Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts

Glenn Lewis Visual artist

Glenn Lewis on bridging craft and art, and finding his muse in the mundane.

Video by Eva Madden

“…a highly performative practice that reflects a spirit of inventiveness and belief in the transformative power of art.”

Glenn Lewis has been a major influential force in cross-disciplinary art practices engaging with multiple ideas and defining limits of materiality.

Lewis doesn’t take a refuge in art, rather he lives it; defining an approach to art as life. He has developed a highly performative practice that reflects a spirit of inventiveness and belief in the transformative power of art. The ideal of bringing art and everyday life together through experiential and communal activities has fueled his expansive practice.

At age 81, Lewis continues to perform his life as an artist with a rare generosity that has always emphasized that what is important and at stake here is an artist and his art.

As evident in his oeuvre, he has continually tested ideas about the potential of art and in the continuous practice spanning five decades, making an extraordinary contribution to visual art as he pushed the boundaries of aesthetic ideas and its articulations all the while engaged with the quotidian imperatives and the urgencies of the now to forge a future.

Zainub Verjee, artist, critic, curator and art administrator (Executive Director, Ontario Association of Art Galleries) (nominator)

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