Stewart Applegath was born in Toronto in 1959. He studied at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax and in 1993 received an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. A prolific videographer, Stewart Applegath's work positions itself between documentary and situational practice. Applegath creates portraits of individuals, generally North American, which he synthesizes in the context of specific themes such as race and class relations, religion and the search for self. He currently lives and works in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.