Pierre Coupey was raised and educated in Montreal. He graduated from Lower Canada College, received his BA from McGill University, and studied drawing at the Académie Julian and printmaking at the Atelier 17 in Paris. He received his MA in English and Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, and a Certificate in Printmaking from the Art Institute, Capilano University.
He was a founding Co-editor of The Georgia Straight and the founding Editor of The Capilano Review. He currently serves on The Capilano Review Contemporary Arts Society Board. His work has received awards, grants and commissions, including grants from the Conseil des Arts du Québec, the Canada Council, the British Columbia Arts Council, and the Audain Foundation for the Arts. In 2013 he received the Distinguished Artist Award from FANS. He was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2017 and formally inducted in 2018.
He has published several books of poetry, chapbooks and catalogues, and exhibited in solo and group shows nationally and internationally. His work is represented in numerous private collections in Canada, the United States, Japan and Europe, and in numerous corporate, university and public collections across Canada. Major public collections include the Burnaby Art Gallery, the Canada Council Art Bank, the Kelowna Art Gallery, Simon Fraser University Art Gallery, University of Guelph Collection, the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, the Vancouver Art Gallery and the West Vancouver Art Museum.
He recently completed major painting commissions for two new buildings, 745 Thurlow in Vancouver and Fifteen 15 in Calgary.
His work is represented by Gallery Jones in Vancouver and by Odon Wagner Contemporary in Toronto.
PC w/ parrot beak, circa 1977, photo © Michael Ondaatje