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Derek Michael Besant

(Canadian, b.1950)

Derek Michael Besant was born in Fort Macleod, Alberta. He received his education at the University of Calgary and the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Besant is one of Canada's prolific and well-known international artists who has been an innovative force in the fields of printmaking, video, sculpture, and painting. In addition to his career as an artist, he was also an instructor at the Alberta College of Art. Being an international artist, Besant resides both in Calgary, Alberta and Central Mexico.

With Besant's award-winning career, a number of high-profile commissions have resulted in some well known and recognized works. Works such as the landmark Flatiron Building mural in downtown Toronto and large scale installations in New York. In 1987, Besant was quoted as saying that he works toward, "an impression built out of experience that is put together in a way by very pedestrian, recognizable images."1

(Courtesy of the University of Calgary Alumni Association)














Illustration: Spinkler, 1985

1973 B.F.A. Honours, University of Calgary.
1974 Graduate Studies, University of Calgary.
1978 R.C.A., Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.

Recent Exhibitions:
1999 Une Nuit Blanche/The Sleepless Night. Calgary Preview, Nickle Arts Museum, the University of Calgary.

1998 Mekka Minden Invitational Kulturage Open Air Digital Projection, Cathedral of Minden, Germany.

Salon International De Estandartes (Invitational), Centro Cultural Tijuana, Consejo Nacional Para La Cultura Y Las Artes Rufino Tamayo Museo, Mexico.

In the Wilds/The Canoe in Canadian Art (Invitational) The McMichael Canadian Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario.


1 Visual Arts Newsletter, June 1987, Scot Morison, "Reach for the Top (Alberta Artists are Making their Mark Internationally).