CAPIC Lifetime Achievement Awards

Winners of the prestigious CAPIC Lifetime Achievement Awards are selected by a panel of previous honourees, Past National Presidents and the Chairman of the CAPIC Archives. The award is presented annualy to visual artists who have had an outstanding impact on the communications industry in Canada.

TORONTO - November 14, 2002 - CAPIC is pleased to announce the winners of the CAPIC 2002 Lifetime Achievement Awards for photography and illustration. Photographer John Reeves of Toronto, ON, and illustrator Fred Oakley of Owen Sound, ON, have been selected to receive the Award which will be presented at the Arts & Letters Club of Toronto on Thursday, November 28, 2002.

Since 1986, CAPIC has honoured illustrators and photographers who have distinguished themselves with significant contributions to the commercial and communications arts in Canada. These contributions are recognized every year with the awarding of the CAPIC Lifetime Achievement Awards.


Born in Toronto, ON, in 1934, Mr. Oakley attended Northern Vocational High School where he studied commercial art. He started his career as an apprentice at TDF Artists where, after working for six months as “the delivery boy”, he was assigned to a drawing board. He worked at TDF for ten years then moved on to Associated Illustrators where he stayed until it’s demise. After a two-year stint at Sherman Laws he joined Art & Design Studios where he worked until he “semi-retired” in 1982.

Mr. Oakley exhibited his figure drawings at The Merton Gallery in 1973. Other work was shown at the Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery in 1993. Mr. Oakley’s work was also part of juried exhibitions at the Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery in 1996, 1998 and 2000.


Photographer, writer, and broadcaster: Born in Burlington, Ontario, 24th April 1938.

Primary and secondary school education in Burlington, followed by one year of art studies at Sir George Williams Art School in Montreal, and further art studies at the Ontario College of Art, graduating in 1961. He became interested in photography at O.C.A. and decided to pursue it professionally as a feature photographer for magazines. His work has appeared in many magazines including Canadian Art, Macleans Chatelaine, Toronto Life, Exile, Saturday Night, Canadian Forum, Descant, Canadian Business, Financial Post, Books in Canada, Quill and Quire, City Woman, T.V. Guide, Time, Camera Canada, Canadian Fiction, Destinations, Ontario Living, Leisureways, En Route, Empress, Jazz Report and Country Magazine.

Much of John Reeves’ magazine photography involves people and, among his subjects have been: Pierre Trudeau, Marshall McCluhan, Morley Callaghan, Mordechai Richler, Margaret Atwood, Mavis Gallant, Marie Claire Blais, Seamus Heaney, Yehuda Amachai, Liv Ullman, Francesco Rossi, Lena Wertemuller, Yehudi Menuhin, Yo Yo Ma, Oscar Peterson, Dizzy Gillespie, Artie Shaw, Tony Bennett, George Jones, Kitty Wells, Maureen Forester, John Kenneth Gailbraith and John Polanyi.

Mr. Reeves’ work is in the following public and corporate collections:

The Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography
The National Archives of Canada
The National Library of Canada
The Department of External Affairs (Canada)
The Department of Northern and Indian Affairs (Canada)
University of Toronto Art Centre
Mendel Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
The Glenhyrst Gallery of Brant (Brantford, Ontario)
Xerox Canada


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