Eric Metcalfe

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Eric Metcalfe
Born (1940-08-22) August 22, 1940 (age 79)
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


  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.