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Clarence Barnes
(1934 - 1995) Canada

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Writer, artist


Clarence Barnes, chemical engineer at the University of Toronto, was a member of the artist collective JAC*. A gay activist, university lecturer, and artist packed a lot into his sixty-one years. His involvement in Toronto community included the Gay Academic Union in the 1970s, the artists' collective JAC in the '80s, and Gays and Lesbians Aging in the 1990s. His personal records include correspondence, diaries, poetry, and, especially, hundreds of sketches.


*JAC: This artist collective -- John Grube, Alex Liros, and Clarence Barnes -- produced paintings and drawings by working together on the same surface. Many of their canvases reflect the political battles of Toronto's gay community in the 1980s. Each also created works in his own right. The records of Clarence Barnes include hundreds of his sketches and several paintings.

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