Iain Baxter, 1936-
Born: Middlesborough, England, November 16, 1936
Nationality: British, Canadian
Iain Baxter is a Canadian conceptual artist. He is an internationally recognized artist for conceptual art and is held in high regard. Iain Baxter changed his name in 2005 to Iain Baxter& (Baxterand). He was co-president with Ingrid Baxter of the conceptual project and legally incorporated business N.E.Thing Co. founded in 1966.
Iain is Professor Emeritus at the School of Visual Arts University of Windsor and a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.
Baxter was born in England and his family emigrated to Canada in 1937 and settled in Calgary. He received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Idaho and completed a Master of Education at the University of Idaho. He studied art and aesthetics in Japan in 1961 and completed an MFA at Washington State University at Pullman in 1964.
He later based himself in Vancouver and may still be remembered in the arts scene there for a Controversial award in 1966 from the Vancouver Centennial Award show.
N.E.Thing Co. was established as a conceptual vehicle that viewed the art world as "parallel to consumer culture." It focused on interdisciplinary practice and using photography, site specific performances and installation. It was a key catalyst and influence in Vancouver for photoconceptualism and considered a precursor to the Vancouver School.
N.E. Thing Co. disbanded in 1978 when their relationship ended.