Jeff Wall

About the Artist

Vancouver native Jeff Wall was born in 1946 to parents who supported his artistic interests by providing a wide variety of books, trips to galleries, and a studio space in the backyard. Wall initially was not interested in attending university but spent a lot of time reading and learning on his own. When he began his studies at the University of British Columbia he studied art history and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1968 and a Master of Arts degree in 1970. Later that year he and his wife moved to London and he studied at the Courtauld Institute, London, England. While there he studied the history of photography, history of cinema, and the  traditionTradition is the passing along of a culture from generation to generation, especially orally. Or, a custom or set of customs handed down in this way. The idea of heritage is related to that of tradition. Any activity — as a pattern of celebration, ritual, or other behaviour, etc. — is traditional once it is a precedent influencing comparable activities in the future. (Artlex.com)  of "avant-garde." In 1973 he received a PhD in Art History

Following his academic training, Wall returned to Vancouver, and while he taught for a year in Halifax, Nova Scota at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Vancouver continues to be his place of residence. He maintained teaching positions at Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia for a number of years, but currently concentrates on his professional career as an artist.

Wall is known internationally as a leading North American artist with exhibitions in many major art galleries and museums all over the world. In 2002 he received the Hasselblad Award, and in 2006 became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Art critic Robert Enright states, “Jeff Wall closed out the millennium by being chosen as one of the “Ten Best Living Artists” in a critical poll conducted by ARTnews magazine.” (Enright, 2000)


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