26 MAY to 8 JULY
OPENING 26 MAY, 6pm to 9pm
RSVP by 25 MAY to barbara@becontemporary.com

Barbara Edwards Contemporary, Toronto is pleased to present an exhibition of work by celebrated Canadian artist, Ray Mead (1921-1998). A prominent member of Painters 11, Mead’s work is recognized for its bold, rich colour fields and strong gestures. This exhibition features large abstract paintings, both geometric and expressionist, from the 70s and early 80s.

Ray Mead had his first public showing at the Art Gallery of Hamilton in 1948 and his second at the Art Gallery of Toronto in 1950. He joined the Ontario Society of Artist’s and showed in their 1950 exhibition, which was a brave foray into the world of abstraction. Mead continued to show with the OSA and established close relationships with several artists who would later join to form the Painters 11. Seven of these, including Mead, showed in the infamous Simpson’s show, “Abstracts at Home” in 1953. Over the next decade Mead was included in fifteen Painters 11 Exhibitions including a New York show at the Riverside Museum in 1956. Mead’s work was included in shows at the National Gallery of Canada in 1956, 1972 and 1992. In addition from the 1950s until his death in 1998, Mead had many solo, two person and group exhibitions throughout Canada. His work is included in numerous collections including the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

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Ray Mead in Yellow Field
Untitled, 1976
acrylic on canvas, 79" x 65"

Ray Mead Hector's Gate
Hector's Gate, 1976
acrylic on canvas, 76.5" x 88.25"

Ray Mead Orange Field
Orange Field, 1975
acrylic on canvas, 68.75" x 71.5"