Vancouverite Eric Metcalfe has embodied the avant-garde "tradition" in Canadian art since at least the late 1960s. Born in 1940, he has worked as a painter, sculptor, printmaker, performance artist, illustrator and filmmaker, sometimes working under the name Dr. Brute. In 1973, he co-founded, in Vancouver, the pioneering artist-run centre Western Front. Over the years, he has drawn on a wide variety of influences, from jazz and comic books to conceptual and found art and movies. Metcalfe is a winner of the Governor General's Visual & Media Arts Award (2008). In 2010 he received a commission from the 'Cultural Olympiad' to create visual sculptures in collaboration with the renowned George Lewis musical score for 'ikons'. Metcalfe recently received (August 2015) an honorary doctorate from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Member of the R.C.A.
2021 Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts University of Victoria