Charles Gagnon (1934-2003) was one of the generation of Montreal artists born during the 1930s that included Tousignant, Molinari and Gaucher. Gagnon stood out from the others, exploring various media such as film, photography, collage, box constructions as well as painting. At a time when other Montreal artists were looking to Paris, Gagnon was heavily influenced by his time spent in New York from 1955-1960. Two major touring retrospectives of his work were organized: Charles Gagnon / Works 1956-1978, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in 1978 and Charles Gagnon: A Retrospective Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal in 2001. Charles Gagnon received the Chevalier, Ordre du Quebec in 1991 and the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts in 2002. He passed away in 2003.