Pierre Coupey is a Canadian painter.
Pierre Coupey was raised and educated in Montreal. He graduated from Lower Canada College, received his BA from McGill University, and studied drawing at the Académie Julian and printmaking at the Atelier 17 in Paris. He received his MA in English and Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, and a Certificate in Printmaking from the Art Institute, Capilano University.
He was a founding Co-editor of The Georgia Straight and the founding Editor of The Capilano Review. He currently serves on The Capilano Review Contemporary Arts Society Board. His work has received awards, grants and commissions, including grants from the Conseil des Arts du Québec, the Canada Council, the British Columbia Arts Council, and the Audain Foundation for the Arts. In 2013 he received the Distinguished Artist Award from FANS. In 2017 he was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, and will be formally inducted in 2018.
He has published several books of poetry, chapbooks and catalogues, and exhibited in solo and group shows nationally and internationally. His work is represented in numerous private collections in Canada, the United States, Japan and Europe, and in numerous corporate, university and public collections across Canada. Major public collections include the Burnaby Art Gallery, the Canada Council Art Bank, the Kelowna Art Gallery, Simon Fraser University Art Gallery, University of Guelph Collection, the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, the Vancouver Art Gallery and the West Vancouver Museum.
He recently completed major painting commissions for two new buildings, 745 Thurlow in Vancouver and Fifteen 15 in Calgary.
His work is represented by Gallery Jones in Vancouver and by Odon Wagner Contemporary in Toronto.
A Coupey poem, Study No. X, has been included in GCSE syllabuses in English schools.
2017 New Work, Odon Wagner Contemporary, Toronto [Catalogue] * 2016 Recent Work: RaptureRupture, Gallery Jones, Vancouver 2016 Requiem Notations I-IX, curator Darrin Morrison, West Vancouver Museum at West Vancouver Library 2014 Measures: Recent Work, Odon Wagner Contemporary, Toronto [Catalogue] 2013 Cutting Out the Tongue: Selected Work 1976-2012, curators Astrid Heyerdahl / Darrin Morrison, Art Gallery at Evergreen / West Vancouver Museum [Catalogue] 2013 Field Work, Gallery Jones, Vancouver 2011 Featured Artist, Gallery Jones, West Vancouver 2010 Between Memory and Perception, Gallery Jones, Vancouver 2010 Projects, Capilano University Art Gallery, North Vancouver 2008 Counterpoint, Gallery Jones, Vancouver [Catalogue] 2006 Requiem Notations I-IX, curator Cecilia Denegri Jette, Richmond Art Gallery at The Gateway Theatre 2006 Tangle, curator Darrin Martens, Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby [Catalogue] 2004 Paintings/Prints, curator Ingunn Kemble, West Vancouver City Hall 2004 BlackWhiteGrey, curator Marcus Bowcott, Capilano University Art Gallery, North Vancouver 2004 Artist in Residence, The Urban Garage, West Vancouver 2002 Notations: Recent Work, Ballard Lederer Gallery, Vancouver 1999 Requiem Notations I-IX, curator Patrick Montgomery, Art Gallery at Evergreen, Coquitlam [Catalogue] 1998 Notations 1994-1998, curator Paula Gustafson, Canadian Embassy Gallery, Tokyo [Catalogue] 1998 Work from the Notations Series, Montgomery Fine Art, Vancouver 1997 Work in Process: Drawings, Proofs, Prints, Capilano University Art Gallery, North Vancouver 1995 Notations 12-15 (For Eva), curator Carole Badgley, Seymour Art Gallery, North Vancouver 1995 From the 80’s: Trellis, Wedge, Montgomery Fine Art, Vancouver 1995 From the 70’s: Selected Journal Drawings / New Work on Paper, Atelier Gallery, Vancouver 1994 Notations: Painting the Lion from a Claw, Atelier Gallery, Vancouver 1992 Recent Work: Prints, Atelier Gallery, Vancouver 1991 Paintings: 1970-1990, curator Barry Cogswell, Capilano University Art Gallery, North Vancouver 1990 Variations done for bpNichol, Atelier Gallery, Vancouver 1988 Pierre Coupey: Recent Works, curator Ann Rosenberg, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey 1987 A Book of Days I-XII, Crown Gallery, Vancouver 1982 Recent Paintings, Studio Nine Gallery, Toronto 1982 Journal Drawing Series, curator bpNichol, The Gallery, Scarborough College, University of Toronto 1981 Seven Paintings, curator Barry Cogswell, Capilano University Art Gallery, North Vancouver 1981 New Work / 1980-1981, curator Claire Knight, Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver [Catalogue]
2017 Art Toronto 2017, Toronto International Art Fair, Odon Wagner Contemporary, Toronto [Catalogue] 2017 Vivid Dimensions: Group Show, Odon Wagner Contemporary, Toronto 2017 Canada 150: Celebrating Our Artists, Odon Wagner Contemporary, Toronto 2017 The Big Picture, curator Liz Wylie, Kelowna Art Gallery [Catalogue] 2017 Art Palm Beach 2017, Odon Wagner Contemporary, Palm Beach, Florida 2016 Art Toronto 2016, Toronto International Art Fair, Odon Wagner Contemporary, Toronto [Catalogue] 2016 Summer Show: Gallery Artists, Gallery Jones, Vancouver 2015 Art Toronto 2015, Toronto International Art Fair, Odon Wagner Contemporary, Toronto [Catalogue] 2015 30 Years, curator Sarah Cavanaugh, Seymour Art Gallery, North Vancouver [Catalogue] 2015 Winter Show: Gallery Artists, Odon Wagner Contemporary, Toronto 2015 Small Works: Gallery Artists, Gallery Jones, Vancouver 2014 Art Toronto 2014, Toronto International Art Fair, Odon Wagner Contemporary, Toronto [Catalogue] 2014 Tenth Anniversary Exhibition, Gallery Jones, Vancouver 2014 West Coast Innovators: Joan Balzar, B.C. Binning, Pierre Coupey, Gordon Smith, Sylvia Tait, curator Darrin Morrison, West Vancouver Museum at West Vancouver Library 2014 The And of the Land: Perspectives on Landscape by Artists from BC, curator Francesca Szuszkiewicz, West Vancouver Museum 2014 The Material Form: Contemporary Abstract Painting, Gallery Jones, Vancouver 2013 Art Toronto 2013, Toronto International Art Fair, Odon Wagner Contemporary, Toronto [Catalogue] 2011 The Point Is: Pierre Coupey / Landon Mackenzie / Martin Pearce / Bernadette Phan / Bryan Ryley, curator Liz Wylie, Kelowna Art Gallery [Catalogue] 2011 The Artist’s Circle (Gordon Smith, Sonny Assu, Joan Balzar, B.C. Binning, Pierre Coupey, Douglas Coupland, Attila Richard Lukacs, Jack Shadbolt, Sylvia Tait, Ian Wallace, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun), curator Darrin Morrison, West Vancouver Museum / Harmony Arts Festival, West Vancouver 2011 Manifestos Now! curator Brian Ganter, Teck Gallery, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver 2010 Gallery Artists, Gallery Jones, West Vancouver 2009 Gallery Artists, Gallery Jones, Vancouver 2009 Coast Art Trust: Works, curator Ellen van Eijnsbergen, Art Gallery at Evergreen, Coquitlam 2007 Coast Art Trust: Early Works, Curator James Felter, North Vancouver Museum 2006 New Acquisitions: City of Burnaby Permanent Art Collection, curator Darrin Martens, Burnaby Art Gallery 2004 Totally Manipulated: Digital Art, curator Linda Feil, Cityscape Gallery, North Vancouver 2004 Celebrating 20 Years of Printmaking, curator Wayne Eastcott, Grand Forks Art Gallery 2003 Celebrating 20 Years of Printmaking, curator Brenda Fredrick, Burnaby Art Gallery [Catalogue] 2002 Art Institute Prints, curator Wayne Eastcott, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland 2001 Prints from Canada’s Pacific Province, curator Doug Biden, Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin 2001 Youthful Visions, curator Bill MacDonald, Artists for Kids Trust Gallery, North Vancouver [Catalogue] 2001 Printmaking Possibilities: Photo/Digital, curator Wayne Eastcott, Capilano University Art Gallery, North Vancouver 2001 Common Ground, curator Linda Feil, Cityscape Gallery, North Vancouver 2000 From the Collection: Dispatches & Inscriptions, curator Grant Arnold, Vancouver Art Gallery 2000 Impressions and Expressions, curator Carole Badgley, Seymour Art Gallery, North Vancouver 2000 Graduated Perspectives, curator Nancy Boyd, Capilano University Art Gallery, North Vancouver 2000 Reflections of Place, curator Deborah Tuyttens, West Vancouver Museum [Catalogue] 2000 First Folio, curators Steven Dixon / Wayne Eastcott, Sunshine Coast Art Center, Sechelt 2000 First Folio, curators Steven Dixon / Wayne Eastcott, Capilano University Art Gallery, North Vancouver 1996 Print Works, curator Wayne Eastcott, Capilano University Art Gallery, North Vancouver 1996 The Chair, curators Carole Badgley / Trudy Van Dop, Seymour Art Gallery, North Vancouver 1993 Abstraction: Which Way from Here?, curator Jeffrey Spalding, Canada Trust Tower, Calgary 1993 Prints from the Art Institute, curator Wayne Eastcott, Canadian Consulate, Nagoya 1980 Salon des Refusees 1980, curator Matthew Kangas, Soames-Dunn Building, Seattle 1979 Affinities: Ten Painters of this Region, curator Ted Lindberg, Vancouver Art Gallery [Catalogue] 1978 Three Person Show, curator Barry Cogswell, Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver 1972 The Private Patron: BC Art, curator James Felter, Simon Fraser University Art Gallery, Burnaby 1972 Microprosophus: International Concrete Poetry Show, Evergreen State College, Evergreen, Washington 1969 Three Person Show, Bau Xi Gallery, Vancouver 1969 Group Show, Bau Xi Gallery, Vancouver 1968 Two Person Show, Graduate Student Center, University of British Columbia, Vancouver 1968 Festival of Technology & Art, Ryerson Institute of Technology, Toronto 1968 Four Person Show, Mandan Ghetto Gallery, Vancouver 1964 J.A.M.M. Collects, Stable Gallery, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts 1964 Québec Painters Under Thirty, Stable Gallery, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Collections Public Collections Art Gallery at the Evergreen Cultural Centre, Coquitlam Artists for Kids Permanent Collection, North Vancouver Burnaby Art Gallery Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa Capilano University, North Vancouver Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa City of North Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery (City of Vancouver) District of North Vancouver District of West Vancouver Kamloops Art Gallery Kelowna Art Gallery Lions Gate Hospital Foundation, North Vancouver Maltwood Gallery (Coast Art Trust), Victoria Nanaimo Art Gallery North Vancouver Arts Council North Vancouver Museum North Vancouver School District Simon Fraser University Art Gallery, Burnaby St Paul's Hospital Foundation, Vancouver Two Rivers Art Gallery, Prince George University of Alberta Art Collection, Edmonton University of Guelph Collection / Macdonald Stewart Art Centre University of Lethbridge Art Gallery University of Victoria Art Collections Vancouver Art Gallery Vancouver General Hospital Foundation West Vancouver Museum West Vancouver School District
Corporate Collections Aldo Group, Montreal Barometer Capital, Toronto bcIMC, Calgary bcIMC, Vancouver Christopher Investments, Vancouver Citibank Canada, Toronto College & Institute Educators Association, Vancouver Denbigh Fine Art Services, Vancouver Hyatt Regency, New Orleans Image This Photo, Vancouver Kernaghan Adjusters, Vancouver Koerner Graduate Student Center, UBC, Vancouver Lower Canada College, Montreal McCullough O’Connor Irwin, Vancouver McGill Student Society, McGIll University, Montreal North Shore News, North Vancouver Protechnical Insurance, Vancouver RSVP Reservations, Vancouver Securiguard Services, Vancouver Toronto-Dominion Bank, Toronto Larry Young & Associates, Vancouver
Private Collections Vancouver, North Vancouver, West Vancouver; Kelowna, New Westminster, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Prince George, Tofino, Tsawwassen, Victoria, Whistler; Calgary, Magog QC, Montréal, Ottawa, Richmond Hill, Saskatoon, Toronto; Houston, New York, Palm Springs, Phoenix, Point Roberts, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Snowmass CO, Vero Beach FL; Grand Cayman Island; Berlin, Geneva, Paris, Toulouse; Beirut, Okazaki, Tokyo
Awards | Grants | Commissions
2017 RCA elect, Royal Canadian Academy of Arts 2016 Painting Commission, Fifteen 15, Calgary 2015 Painting Commission, 745 Thurlow, Vancouver 2013 Distinguished Artist Award (Visual & Literary Arts), FANS, North Vancouver 2013 Exhibitions Grant, Audain Foundation for the Arts, Vancouver 2003 Aichi Gakusen Faculty Exchange, Okazaki, Japan 2000 Millennium Print Project, North Vancouver Arts Council 1998 Exhibitions Grant, Canadian Embassy, Tokyo, Japan 1998 Special Projects Grant, Capilano College Foundation 1998 Faculty Development Grant, Capilano College Faculty Association 1996-1997 Visual Arts Grant, British Columbia Arts Council 1996-1997 Paid Educational Leave for Poetry / Printmaking, Capilano College 1986 Painting Commission, The Prow Restaurant, Canada Place 1981 Broadside Award for Poetry, The Malahat Review 1980-1981 Visual Arts Grant, Canada Council 1980 Paid Educational Leave for Poetry / Painting, Capilano College 1976 Short Term Grant for Poetry, Canada Council 1974 LIP Grant for Painting, City of Vancouver 1973 Short Term Grant for Poetry, Canada Council 1970 Short Term Visual Arts Grant, Canada Council 1970 Graduate Bursary for Poetry, University of British Columbia 1968-1969 Arts Grant for Poetry, Canada Council 1966 H.R. MacMillan Award for Poetry, University of British Columbia 1964-1965 Arts Grant for Poetry, Le Conseil des Arts du Québec 1964 Chester MacNaughten Award for Poetry, McGill University 1964 Louis B. Shapiro Award for Poetry, McGill University
Books | Catalogues
Bring Forth the Cowards. Montreal: McGill Poetry Series, 1964. Circle Without Center. Vancouver: Talonbooks/Very Stone House, 1968. Counterpoint: Recent Work. Catalogue. Vancouver: Gallery Jones, 2008. Cutting Out the Tongue: Selected Work 1976-2012. Catalogue. West Vancouver/Coquitlam: West Vancouver Museum/Art Gallery at Evergreen Cultural Centre, 2013. Four Island Poems. Prince George: Caledonia Writing Series, 1975. Measures: Recent Work. Catalogue. Toronto: Odon Wagner Contemporary, 2014. New Work / 1980-1981. Catalogue. North Vancouver: Presentation House Gallery, 1981. Notations: 1994-1998. Catalogue. Tokyo: Canadian Embassy Gallery, 1998. Requiem Notations I-IX. North Vancouver/Coquitlam: The Capilano Review/Evergreen Cultural Centre,1998. Tangle. Catalogue. Burnaby: Burnaby Art Gallery, 2006. Terminal Series. Prince George: Caledonia Writing Series, 1973.
The Capilano Review, founding editor 1971-1976; editor 1989-1991; assistant editor 1987-1989, 2002 The Georgia Straight, founding co-editor, 1967-1968 The Western Gate, founding co-editor, 1968
Actis, Andrea and Dylan Godwin, eds. For Jamie Reid: 1941-2015. ti-TCR: A Web Folio 13 (Spring 2016). Baird, Jean, David McFadden, and George Stanley, eds. 71 + for GB. Toronto: Coach House, 2005. Beny, Roloff. To Every Thing There Is A Season. Ed. Milton Wilson. Toronto: Longmans, 1968. Brown, Jim and David Phillips, eds. West Coast Seen. Vancouver: Talonbooks, 1969. Bissett, Bill, ed. The Last Blewointment Anthology: 1963-1983. Vancouver: Nightwood, 1985. Davey, Frank and bpNichol, eds. Open Letter 5th ser. 2 (Spring 1982). Ganter, Brian, ed. The Capilano Review: The Manifesto Issue 3rd ser.13 (Winter 2011). Geddes, Gary, ed. Vancouver: Soul of the City. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1986. Gustafson, Ralph, ed. Penguin Book of Canadian Verse. London: Penguin, 1967. Houglum, Brook, ed. The Capilano Review: The George Stanley Issue 3rd ser.14 (Spring 2011). –––––. The Capilano Review: 40th Anniversary Issue 3rd ser.17 (Spring 2012). –––––. Revisiting Roy Kiyooka’s Pacific Windows. ti-TCR: A Web Folio 12 (Spring 2015). Kemp, Penny, ed. WestCoast Works. London, ON: Applegarth Follies, 1977. Kernaghan, Patti and Jenny Penberthy, eds. One More Once: for Pierre Coupey's 70th. North Vancouver: CUE, 2012. Kroetsch, Robert, ed. Boundary 2: A Canadian Issue. 1 (Fall 1974). Mahood, Aurelea, ed. “Everything Is Deep Enough:” Pierre Coupey at 70. ti-TCR: A Web Folio 5 (Fall 2012). Montagna, Richard. Photo Exhibition. The Faces of Visions. West Vancouver: Ferry Building Gallery, 2000. Mortifee, Anne. Musical. Love & Maple Syrup. Ottawa: National Arts Centre, 1964. Nield, John, Graham Fletcher and Unsah Tabassum. AQA GCSE English: Skills for Language & Literature, Teacher Guide + CD. Deddington, England: Philip Allan, 2010. Northern Examinations and Assessment Board. NEAB Anthology 1998: English Literature. Manchester, England: Heinemann, 1996. Penberthy, Jenny, ed. The Capilano Review: The Sharon Thesen Issue 3rd ser.5 (Winter 2008). –––––. The Capilano Review: Moodyville 3rd ser. 8 (Spring 2009). Phillips, David and Hope Anderson, eds. The Body. North Vancouver: Tatlow House, 1979. Reid, Carol, ed. Can You Hear Me Now: A Tribute to Jamie Reid. North Vancouver: Blue Window, 2011. Schermbrucker, Bill and Crawford Kilian, eds. The Dialogue Continues: Tales from the Making of Capilano College. North Vancouver: Capilano Faculty Association, 2014. Visser, Lisa, ed. Dear Established Artist: Correspondence From an Emerging Artist. Kingston: lisavisser.org, 2006. Wah, Fred, ed. West Coast Line: The Roy Miki Issue 42.1 (2008).
Covers | Broadsides | On-Line
“The Big, Bad World of Public Readings.” TCR Blog (Fall 2012). A Book of Days I (Lorca). Cover. Jack Hannan, Rhythm to Stand Beside. Toronto: Cormorant, 2013. A Book of Days X (After Neruda). Cover. Barry McKinnon, The Center. Prince George: Caitlin, 1995. “The Alphabet of Blood.” Visual Writing: Documents in Concrete & Visual Poetry: Ubu Editions, 2011. “Compass.” Broadside. North Vancouver: The Capilano Review, 1976. Field IV (detail). Cover. One More Once: for Pierre Coupey's 70th. North Vancouver: CUE, 2012. “Journal Drawing #33.” Cover. The Capilano Review 1st ser.13 (Spring 1978). Late Fragment. Cover. Eloise Coupey, Digital Business. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2005. Map. Cover/Graphics. Richard Rathwell, Rules of the River. Vancouver/London: DaDaBaBy/Blue Orange, 2007. “The Night We Hijacked Leonard Cohen, with digressions.” TCR Blog (Fall 2012). Notations 15. Cover. Eloise Coupey, Marketing and the Internet. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2001. Notations 20: As If. Cover. Daniel Karasik, Hungry. Toronto: Cormorant, 2013. Notations 25. Cover. Marilyn Gear Pilling, A Bee Garden. Toronto: Cormorant, 2013. Notations 28. Cover. Amanda Jernigan, All the Daylight Hours. Toronto: Cormorant, 2013. Nursery, Maple Ridge (detail). Cover. The Capilano Review 3rd ser.1 & 2 (Spring 2007). “On Editing the Pacific Windows Issue.” ti-TCR: A Web Folio 12 (Spring 2015). A Pair of Dark Glasses. Cover. The Body. North Vancouver: Tatlow House, 1979. Photographs, Billy Little on Hornby. Covers. Billy Little, St. Ink: Selected Poems. North Vancouver: CUE, 2008. “Rainbow.” Broadside. Prince George: Gorse, 1981. [The Malahat Review Broadside Award, 1981] Requiem Diptych I (Altered version). Cover. The Capilano Review 2nd ser. 26 (Fall 1998). “To Will Is To Stir Up Paradox.” Broadside. Vancouver: UBC Festival of the Arts, 1967. Untitled Drawing. Cover. Brian Fawcett, Creatures of State. Vancouver: Talonbooks, 1982. Variations done for bpNichol 6. Cover. Beyond Tish: West Coast Line 25.1 (1994).
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