Biography

Les Paterson, 2007I was born in the remote Québec town of Val-d'Or in the winter of 1971. I was quickly spirited away by my parents and grew up in Alberta somewhere near the beginning of the Alaska Highway.

Between 1990 and 1994, I earned my BFA from the University of Alberta (it is in Edmonton). After graduation I went on the obligatory trip to Europe and continued my arting at the expense of the vacation. To quote a girlfriend at the time, "If you think you're going to drag me to another goddamned art gallery, I will push you into this goddamned canal right now!"

Upon returning to Edmonton, I lost the girlfriend and began serious bohemian living. I did a series of successful group and solo shows at the downtown Manifesto Gallery. By the turn of the millennium, I had decided that in Edmonton I was a medium-sized fish in a small pond.

On January 10th, 2000, I moved to big old Toronto to seek my fortune (silly me). In short order, I found a place to live and a job at Acadia Art and Rare Books: a bookstore that specializes in art books. After working there for four years, I essentially acquired an informal Master's Degree in Art History.

In 2006, I had my big break when The Marge Simpson Project opened to incredible media coverage. The next year I showed the very well-reviewed Pop Can Poll.