Vancouver artist Ian Wallace receives Order of Canada honour

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Vancouver photographer Ian Wallace has been appointed to the Order of Canada for his contributions to contemporary art over the past half century.

Wallace, who wrote reviews for the Georgia Straight in the early days of his career, is well-known for his work in photography, sculpture, painting, and film. He is also recognized for his influential role in the “photo-conceptualism” movement that developed in Vancouver in the 1970s and 1980s.

Wallace is among 91 people who have been newly invested in the order, according to an announcement from Gov. Gen. David Johnston on December 30. The appointees include two companions of the Order of Canada, 33 officers, and 56 members.

Wallace was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada for “…helping to shape Canada’s contemporary art scene over the past 50 years as one of the most influential art photographers of his generation,” according to the Governor General’s website.

The recognition comes as a two-floor retrospective exhibit of Wallace’s work continues at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Ian Wallace: At the Intersection of Painting and Photography runs until February 24.

Established in 1967, the Order of Canada was created as a way to recognize the achievements and service of outstanding Canadians. The appointments are made by a special advisory panel.

Other new appointees to the Order of Canada include former B.C. premier Mike Harcourt, investigative journalist Stevie Cameron, hockey great Paul Henderson, and CBC broadcaster Michael Enright.

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