Rex Lingwood is a sculptor working in a variety of media who has achieved an international reputation for his innovative use of leather. His work in leather explores a variety of heat hardening methods which take medieval cuir bouilli as their point of departure. Both his work and research have contributed new information to the debate surrounding the nature of cuir bouilli. . His work combines allusions (of varying degrees of directness) to specific images with the use of the unique physical and psychological properties of his materials to make striking work with a strong physical presence.
He has exhibited widely in North America, Europe, Great Britain, and Australia in both group and solo shows. In 1995 the Deutsches Ledermuseum mounted a major exhibition of his work, Rex Lingwood: Boxes and Bowls? Experiments with Functional Subjects. The exhibition was accompanied by an extensive catalogue. The exhibition toured in Germany, France, the Netherlands, and England before returning to Canada in 1997. His award winning work is part of private and public collections in Canada, the United States, Australia New Zealand, Britain, Germany, France, and the Netherlands. His book, Leather in Three Dimensions, is generally acknowledged as the major work on the subject. Lingwood is also well known as a teacher, and has taught in Canada, the United States, Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand and Germany.
Born in Toronto, Rex Lingwood received an Honours degree in Fine Arts from York University. He lives with his wife, historian, Wendy Mitchinson, near Bright Ontario.