Lack was born in 1946 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from McGill University in 1967, followed by a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture at Universidad de Guanajuato, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, in 1969. He lives and works in New York.
Although he also produces drawings and sculpture, his primary medium is painting; he specialises in American scenes (urban, cultural and landscapes) in a style that has been described as Neo-Expressionist. His art has won a number of awards and residencies. He was artist in residence at Ancienne Manufacture Royale, Limoges, and Banff Institute of the Arts in 1988, Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan in 1989, and Connecticut College and Skidmore College in 1999. He received awards in the “Painting” category from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1987 and 1993, and the Canada Council for the Arts in 1991.
The best-known films in which he featured are Scanners in 1981 and Dead Ringers in 1988, but he has also featured in cameo roles and independent films. Credits include The Rubber Gun (1978, which he also co-wrote with Allan Moyle, winning Genie Awards for both Performance and Screenplay); Head On (aka Deadly Passion, 1980); Perfect Strangers; and All the Vermeers in New York (1990).
National Endowment for the Arts “Painting” 1993; 1987.
Canada Council for the Arts; “Painting” 1991.
Print Magazine Regional Design Award 1985
Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, California
Ecole des Beaux Arts, Montreal Quebec; Canada.
Columbia University, New York City, N.Y.
Lectures and Residences
Illinois State School of the Arts: Guest Lecturer; 2010
School of Visual Arts; Manhattan; Masters Thesis Advisor 2005-2006
Dartmouth College; Hist. Dept. Guest Lecture. New Hampshire; 2000.
Skidmore College, Summer Six, Saratoga N.Y. 1999
Connecticut College, 1999 Artist in residence.
Design Dept. Ford Motor Co. Dearborn Michigan. Artist in residence 1989
Banff Institute of the Arts; Artist in Residence. 1988
Ancienne Manufacture Royale, Limoges France. Artist in Residence. 1988
Florida State University; Artist in Residence Program, 1985
Australian National Gallery; Canberra, Australia
Brooklyn Museum, New York
Chase Manhattan Bank, New York
Chemical Bank; New York
Imperial Oil Canada
Dept.of External Affairs Canada
Progressive Corp. Ohio
M.T.V. New York
Lyman Allyn Museum, New London, Ct.
Prudential Corporation, N.J.
Grey Art Gallery, New York University, N.Y.
New York Public Library Collection,N.Y.C.
U.Q.A.M. (Universite de Quebec a Montreal)
Royal Bank of Canada
New School for Social Research, N.Y.C.
S.I.T.A.(Societe International de Transport Aeronotique) Switzerland
Weatherspoon Gallery; University of North Carolina at Greensboro, N.C.
Voorhees Zimmerlee Museum, Rutgers Print Archives, New Brunswick N.J.
New York Stock Exchange, N.Y. .
Jerry Speyer Collection
Krannert Art Museum, Champaign Ill.
Ralph Lauren Collection
Union Rescue Mission,Los Angeles
Jerusalem Museum, Isreal.
Rubell Family Collection, Fla.
Elmhurst Museum, Ill.
Museum Van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen.