Here in his own words, is why artist Ed Bartram paints with the geological exactitude and passion that have made his artwork famous.
Ed Bartram, printmaker, photographer and painter, has a special vision of Georgian Bay that has captivated his imagination for over half a century. Since the early 1970s he has transformed this vision into a series of graphic images that reflect the land and particularly the rock face of this region of Canada's Precambrian Shield; works that are powerfully and often luxuriously physical, but have an abstract dimension with richly coloured and textured surfaces. In finding his own interpretation of the "Thirty Thousand Island" landscape made iconic by the Group of Seven, he has had to display great ingenuity in finding a new theme in the old. His work reminds us, in a forceful way, of the unique power of the area, even before it was held up for serious consideration in a work of art.
Bartram writes of his own work: "Rather than using the traditional landscape composition of the Group of Seven, I often take a more intimate viewpoint where the rock surface itself becomes the subject of the work of art. Within the structure of the rock, I find patterns which become abstract landscapes themselves and capture the essence of the windswept north."
About the authors
One of Canada's foremost painters and print makers, Ed Bartram has been inspired by the colours, textures, and history of the Canadian Shield. Resident for most of the year in King City, Ontario, Bartram spends his summers chronicling the ever-changing dynamics of his small island just off Parry Sound in Georgian Bay.
Joan Murray, an independent curator and art historian, is considered one of the most accessible of Canadian art writers and has studied and exhibited Tom Thomson for four decades. Since the late 1960s, she has been a curator of several institutions, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, and director of the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa (1974-99) and the McMichael Canadian Art Gallery in Kleinburg (2005-6). Murray was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy in 1992 and has been honoured with the Senior Award from the Association of Cultural Executives, the Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Ontario Association of Art Galleries and the Order of Ontario. She lives in Toronto, Ontario
Other titles by Ed Bartram
Other titles by Joan Murray
Franklin Carmichael, Arthur Lismer and the Group of Seven
Lawren Harris and the Group of Seven
J.E.H. MacDonald, Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven
Laura Muntz Lyall
Impressions of Women and Childhood
Treasury of Tom Thomson, A
Call of the Wild
An Introduction to His Life and Art
An Extraordinary Life
The Whale of Our Being