Evergon is an artist, a teacher, an activist, and a cultural icon. Throughout a prestigious career spanning more than 50 years, he has been recognized as being at the avant-garde of experimentation in the field of photography and lens-based mediums. He is an important precursor of homo-erotic contemporary art and iconic figure for the homosexual communities, and his works have been at the heart of numerous important exhibitions worldwide. His works are included in private and institutional collections among which are the Musée national des beaux arts du Québec, the National Gallery of Canada and the Giverny Capital Collection. Evergon: Théâtres de l’intime, a major retrospective of his works, was recently presented at the Musée national des beaux arts du Québec. Evergon lives and works in Montréal, Quebec.
“Through his art, he plainly represented human experiences that were personalized yet artistically common. Shaking up traditional social thinking, his work has brilliantly succeeded in formulating innumerable nuances of aesthetic judgement both in terms of formal and stylistic aspects and in terms of the subjects studied [...] Placing his own life at the forefront, as the main subject of his work, he has made a great contribution to Canadian art.”
Nominators: Karl-Gilbert Murray, critic and curator, and Jean-Jacques Ringuette, photography artist
“Shaking up traditional social thinking, his work has brilliantly succeeded in formulating innumerable nuances of aesthetic judgement.”