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Frederic Back

 (born 1939)
Frederic Back is active/lives in Quebec / Canada, Germany.  Frederic Back is known for animation, children's book illustration, stained glass mural, teaching.

Frederic Back

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Born in Saarbrücken, The Territory of the Saar Basin, Germany, Frederick Back emigrated to Canada in 1948.  He began teaching at the École des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, and then in 1952, he joined the graphics department of Radio-Canada and has remained there since.

He created a massive stained glass mural entitled L'histoire de la musique à Montréal (history of music in Montreal) at the Place-des-Arts Metro station in Montreal. Unveiled on December 20, 1967, this stained glass was the first work of art to be commissioned for the Montreal metro system.

He was nominated for a 1989 Governor General's Awards in the Children's Literature - Illustration category for L'Homme qui plantait des arbres (The Man Who Planted Trees) In 1989, he was made a Knight of the National Order of Quebec.  In 1990, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.  In 2004, he was awarded the Eco-Hero Media Award from the Planet in Focus film festival.  In 1980, he was nominated for an Academy Award for Animated Short Film for his film Tout Rien ("All Nothing" in English). In 1982, he won the Academy Award for Animated Short Film for his film Crac.

In 1987, he won his second Academy Award for Animated Short Film for L'homme qui plantait des arbres (The Man Who Planted Trees). In 1994, he was nominated again for an Academy Award for Animated Short Film, for his film Le fleuve aux grandes eaux (Mighty River).

    •    Honorary Member, Société des décorateurs-ensembliers du Québec.?
    •    Member, Association internationale du film d'animation (ASIFA).?
    •    Member, Cinémathèque québécoise.?
    •    Member, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.?
    •    Member, Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.?
    •    Member, Royal Academy of the Arts of Canada.?
    •    Honorary Member, Association des illustrateurs du Québec.?
    •    Interior design, La Saulaie Restaurant at Boucherville, Quebec, in association with interior designer Claude Hinton.?
    •    Interior design, Hélène de Champlain Restaurant in Montreal, in association with interior designer Claude Hinton for Expo '67; creator of the Restaurant's mural.?
    •    Creator of the mural at the VendÙme Cinema in Place Victoria, Montreal.?
    •    Restoration and ornamentation of churches at Pierreville and Aylmer, Quebec.?
    •    Restoration and ornamentation of churches at Clarenceville and Ste-Agathe, Quebec, at Darmouth, Nova Scotia, as well as at Chateauguay and Brushton, New York State.?
    •    Interior design of the Montreal restaurants Pescatore, La Tour Eiffel and Roma Antiqua, in association with interior designer Claude Hinton.?
    •    Illustration for CRAC, an artbook with text by Ghylaine Paquin-Back.?
    •    Officer of the Order of Canada.?
    •    Knight of the Order of Quebec.?
    •    Officier de l'ordre des Arts et Lettres de la France?
    •    Governor-General's Performing Arts Awards, 1994, Canada

    •    1938-1939? Ecole Estienne, Paris.?
    •    1939-1945? Rennes School of Fine Arts (Award-winning studies).?
    •    1940-1948? Studies with noted marine illustrator and painter Mr. Meheut. Book illustration and murals. Exhibitions of work in Rennes and Paris.


Arrived in Canada in 1948. Lives in Montréal since then. Professor at l'Ecole du meuble, later integrated into the CEGEP du Vieux-Montréal and at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, which is now the Department of Plastic Arts of the Université du Québec à Montréal.

Worked for French CBC Network in MontrÉal, in the graphic arts department.

"On camera" drawings for "Le nez de Cléopâtre", produced by Jean Boisvert telecast on the French CBC Network in Montréal.

Illustrations, animated films, on camera graphics, and visual effects for educational, musical and scientific television programs. Film decors for series "Le roman de la science", telecast on the French CBC Network in Montréal.

Animation films of the series "La joie de connaître", telecast on the French CBC Network in Montréal.

Research into, and production of processes of painting on glass. Way Of the Cross and windows in church of Mattawa, Ontario; windows in Holiday Inn, Sainte-Foy, Québec and Montréal.

Illustrator for television educational programs. Award Entertainment Congress and Art Director's Club.

100 drawings for "Samuel de Champlain". Director: Denys Arcand, a National Film Board production.

Canadian Arts Council grant for period of study in Europe in film and animation.
1965-1968 Animation films for the series "Quebec School Telecast", produced by Leonard Weinstein and telecast on the CBC Network.

Stained-glass window in Place-des-arts subway station, Montréal. Production of 9 scale-models for historical series "D'Iberville", produced by Pierre Gauvreau and Rolland Guay, telecast on the French CBC Network. On Display in Montréal's military and maritime museum.

Joined Radio-Canada's animated film section under the direction of Mr. Hubert Tison.

Decors and costumes for the series "Les Oraliens", telecast on Radio-Québec Network.

Illustrator of television series "Les forges de Saint-Maurice", produced by Louis Bédard and Richard Martin, telecast on the French CBC Network in Montreal.

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About  Frederic Back

Born:  1939 - Saarbrucken, Germany
Known for:  animation, children's book illustration, stained glass mural, teaching