This metamorphosis of nature into imagery will meet me everywhere I turn, just like the vision that always appears from the edge of somewhere, just when I think I am alone.
Excerpt from Lapointe's diary entry Feb. 20, 1975, in Island Imagery: A Beginning exhibition publication, organized by Memorial University Art Gallery, 1975.
Frank Lapointe was born in Port Rexton, Newfoundland, in 1942. After graduating with honours from the Ontario College of Art, he spent several years teaching art in Ontario and Newfoundland. From 1972-73, he worked as curator of the Memorial University Art Gallery (now the Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador).
Lapointe is a multi-talented artist who has experimented with a variety of media over the years. He has taught fine art and has designed sets for Theatre in the Bight Festival in Trinity, Trinity Bay, Newfoundland. He has been closely involved with the Sound Symposium, a major event held in St. John's biennially, collaborating with symposium co-founder, musician Don Wherry. Other multimedia projects in which he has participated include Ice Report, which toured Canada and was presented in Paris, France; and Birds and Pond, which was purchased by the National Film Board of Canada in 1981.
The remarkable house he built on the edge of a 46m cliff in Tors Cove, Newfoundland has been featured in several magazines. Its location served as work-space and inspiration for Lapointe's art. Recently however, he returned to live and work in Port Rexton, Trinity Bay.
Newfoundland Postcards Series, his best-known work, was created over three years and includes over twenty editions of lithograph prints using old post card messages from around the province.
In addition to the Permanent Collection of the Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador, Lapointe's work is part of several public and private collections, including the National Gallery of Canada, The Canada Council Art Bank, and the Art Gallery of Ontario.