Canadian artist Douglas Coupland to receive French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
On April 27th 2015, in the intimacy of the garden of famous Canadian painter Gordon Smith in Vancouver, Douglas Coupland became knight of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
Renowned Canadian writer, designer and contemporary artist, Douglas Coupland lives between Vancouver and Paris. His first novel Generation X: Tales for an accelerated culture (1991) has been critically acclaimed internationally. He has since then published thirteen novels, two collections of short stories, seven non-fiction books, and a number of dramatic works and screenplays for film and television.
Former student at Emily Carr College for Arts and Design, Douglas Coupland has been praised for his visual art. Several major exhibitions were dedicated to his work in the 2000s. The latest retrospective of his art, Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything has been showcased at the Vancouver Art Gallery from May 31st to September 1st 2014. The artist also invested public spaces, designing for instance the Canadian Firefighters memorial in Ottawa or the Digital Orca in Vancouver.
Coupland’s novels and visual work synthesize high and low culture, web technology, religion, and changes in human existence caused by modern technologies.Coupland was made a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2007. In 2013, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada "for his contributions to our examination of the contemporary human condition as a novelist, cultural commentator and artist".
What is the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres?
The Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters) is an Order of France, established on 2 May 1957 by the Minister of Culture, and its supplementary status to the Ordre national du Mérite was confirmed by President Charles de Gaulle in 1963. Its purpose is the recognition of significant contributions to the arts, literature, or the propagation of these fields.
Globally, 960 medals are awarded each year, of which a third to foreigners