March 30, 2018

Wyn Geleynse Receives a 2018 Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Art

Joe Belanger
London Free Press
March 30, 2018

‘Groundbreaking’ London artist honoured at Rideau Hall

It wasn’t expected, but it was a welcome tribute for London artist Wyn Geleynse.

Geleynse — a fixture on the London art scene for more than five decades — was in Ottawa Wednesday at the home of Governor General Julie Payette, Rideau Hall, to receive his 2018 Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts, one of just three London artists to ever receive the honour.

Geleynse expressed surprise, especially at the outpouring of support and congratulations.

“I have to be honest, I knew there were efforts to nominate me, but you’re never really prepared for it and it really, really took me by surprise,” said Geleynse, an adjunct professor at Western University nominated by Paul Walde, an artist and professor at the University of Victoria and Andrew Wright, an artist and professor at the University of Ottawa.

The award comes with a $25,000 cash prize. It’s one of the most prestigious awards in the Canadian art world that recognizes artistic achievement, the winners chosen by a Canada Council for the Arts committee that recognizes achievement, especially groundbreaking visionaries.

In their submission, Walde and Wright wrote: “Wyn Geleynse’s practice is one of a restless tinkerer, someone who is endlessly experimenting with techniques both ancient and on the leading edge of the latest technology.”

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Image Credit:
London artist Wyn Gelenyse with Governor General Julie Payette, at Rideau Hall in Ottawa Wednesday March 28, where he received his 2018 Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts
MCpl Vincent Carbonneau, Rideau Hall © OSGG, 2018.