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Frank Lapointe was born in Port Rexton, Newfoundland.

Following studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland and the Washington School of Art, he attended the Ontario College of Art, graduating with honours in 1966.

Lapointe was appointed specialist in Art at MUN in 1970 and was curator of the Art Gallery of MUN from early 1972 to late 1973, when he left his position to devote himself full time to his work. At this point he was involved in the co-founding of St. Michael's Printshop.

During the 1970's he produced two well-known series "Island Imagery" and "The Newfoundland Portrait Series",the later being toured internationally.

Lapointe collaborated with the late musician composers Don Wherry and others on several multi-media projects contributing the visual material and ideas on "Ice Report" which toured across Canada and to Paris, France, and to the "Door as a Circular Passage", "Birds", and "Pond" which was purchased by the National Film Board of Canada in 1981 and screened in a number of venues across Canada.

Lapointe has held a number of teaching positions at MUN, the Dundas Valley School of Art in Hamilton, Ontario, the Provincial Craft School in St. John's where he taught Visual Design part time for ten years. During the 1990's he conducted workshops in colour and design in locations throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.

In the course of his career, Lapointe has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions across Canada, in the USA, Japan, England, Ireland and Continental Europe. His art works are included in numerous private, corporate and public collections such as those at the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Canada Council Art Bank, the Bank of Nova Scotia, the Royal Bank, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Photography, Air Canadian and the Federal Department of Public works including a sculpture at the Post Office in Grand Falls, Newfoundland.

- National Gallery of Canada
- Art Gallery on Ontario
- Vancouver Art Gallery
- Canada Council Art Bank
- Bank of Nova Scotia
- The Royal Bank
- The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Photography
- Air Canada

- Memorial University of Newfoundland
- Washington School of Art
- Ontario College of Art