Gathie Falk

Gathie Falk, artist (b at Alexander, Man 31 Jan 1928). A multimedia artist with a strong national reputation, Gathie Falk began a successful artistic career in 1965 when she left teaching to study art. In 1967 she abandoned formal studies at UBC to become a self-supporting artist and in 1968 her Home Environment show at the Douglas Gallery, Vancouver, established her reputation. From 1968 to 1977 her many exhibitions were counterpointed by her work as a performance artist. After 1974 she turned to drawing, watercolour and oil-painted images in an impressionist vein. Her works are owned by major public galleries, including the National Gallery of Canada. The Vancouver Art Gallery staged solo exhibitions of her work in 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985 and 1987 and in 1990 she won the Gershon Iskowitz Prize for her contribution to Canadian art. In 1997 she was named to the ORDER OF CANADA and in 2003 won the Governor General's Award in Visual Arts. In 2000, the Vancouver Art Gallery together with the National Gallery of Canada mounted a major retrospective of her work that toured the country.