Eric Metcalfe

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Eric Metcalfe
Born (1940-08-22) August 22, 1940 (age 80)
OccupationVisual and performance artist
Known forDr. Brute
Notable work
Jazz and Gargoyle series

Eric Metcalfe is a Canadian visual and performance artist.[1]


Eric Metcalfe was born in Vancouver, British Columbia[2] and grew up in Victoria, British Columbia. He studied visual art at the University of Victoria.[1]


Metcalfe was one of the eight original founders of the Western Front Society.[3][4][5]

Beginning in the 1970s, Metcalfe often performed under the persona Dr Brute,[6][7][8] with his Brute Sax Band.[9] He collaborated frequently with the artist Kate Craig, to whom he was married, and who adopted the persona of Lady Brute.[10][4][11]


2006 Audain Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Visual Arts

2008 Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts.[1][12]

2015 Honorary Doctorate from Emily Carr University of Art + Design


Her art is included in the collections of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Vancouver Art Gallery, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery.


  1. ^ a b c Strother, Miguel. "Feature: Eric Metcalfe, Artist". The Torch. University of Victoria. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Artist/Maker Name "Metcalfe, Eric W."". Canadian Heritage Information Network. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  3. ^ Joan Murray (1 November 1999). Canadian Art in the Twentieth Century. Dundurn. pp. 174–. ISBN 978-1-4597-2236-1.
  4. ^ a b Géza Perneczky (1993). The magazine network: the trends of alternative art in the light of their periodicals 1968-1988. Soft Geometry.
  5. ^ George E. Marcus (15 April 2000). Para-Sites: A Casebook Against Cynical Reason. University of Chicago Press. pp. 353–. ISBN 978-0-226-50437-7.
  6. ^ "Eric Metcalfe: Dr. Brute and Friends On View at the National Gallery of Canada". National Gallery of Canada. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  7. ^ Jayne Wark (2006). Radical Gestures: Feminism and Performance Art in North America. McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP. pp. 134–. ISBN 978-0-7735-7671-1.
  8. ^ Arts Canada. Society for Art Publications. 1978.
  9. ^ Michael Crane; Mary Stofflet (1 January 1984). Correspondence Art: Source Book for the Network of International Postal Art Activity. Contemporary Arts Press. ISBN 978-0-931818-02-8.
  10. ^ Kate Craig; Grant Arnold; Nicole Gingras; Brice Canyon (1 January 1998). Kate Craig: Skin. Vancouver Art Gallery.
  11. ^ Jules Heller; Nancy G. Heller (19 December 2013). North American Women Artists of the Twentieth Century: A Biographical Dictionary. Taylor & Francis. pp. 1587–. ISBN 978-1-135-63889-4.
  12. ^ "2008 Winners". Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 27 May 2016.