Gary Slipper was born in Calgary, Alberta in 1934. He studied at the Banff School of Fine Arts, the Vancouver School of Art, and the American Academy of Art in Chicago. He also undertook studies in Spain and Italy.
Slipper works in oil, tempera, sumi ink, and coloured pencil. He is best known for his surrealist figural portraits, and floral still lifes.
He has exhibited with the Montréal Museum of Fine Art, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the National Gallery of Canada, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre in Queen’s University, the Canada Council Art Bank, among others across Canada and the United States.