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Art Canadian

Two Decades

Ray Mead

with Joan Murray

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery
Initial publish date
Jan 1982
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jan 1982
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Ray Mead was a member of the abstract painters group Painters Eleven, 1953 to 1960. His work can be compared to that of Jack Bush, Guido Molinari and Yves Gaucher. His work occurs in a series, sometimes extending over many years. A reocurring subject in his paintings is a structure - a pair of doors which "open" both ways. Another of his favorite images is a garden. Colour is the way he controls the surface. ...he underpaints, adding layers for subtle tones. A single colour, pure and undiluted; "It will rule the painting."

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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

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