LOT 046

1921 - 1998

River Cover
oil on canvas
signed and dated 1987 and on verso titled on the gallery labels
65 x 77 in 165.1 x 195.6 cm

Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000

Preview at: Heffel Montreal

Waddington & Gorce Inc., Montreal
Waddington & Shiell Galleries, Toronto
Private Collection, Montreal

Born in Watford, United Kingdom, Ray Mead studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, in London, where he graduated in 1939. After his service as a fighter pilot in the Royal Air Force in World War II, he settled in Hamilton, Ontario, in 1946. At that time, he met and befriended the artist Hortense Gordon. Under her mentorship, his career blossomed. Starting in 1947, he participated in annual exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, and he later joined the pivotal group Painters Eleven, formed in 1953 in Toronto.

River Cover, a large 1987 oil on canvas, is a magnificent piece from Mead’s later period. This work showcases an intricate composition of shapes and lines suspended over a pale blue background, displaying the full range of Mead’s brushwork. Upon closer examination, the background reveals itself as multiple layers with subtle tonal variations, creating an effect of depth and texture on the surface. Playful and dynamic, this work offers a variety of focal points, with its ochre, white, black, green and cobalt calligraphic scribbles, and navy lines, circles and X’s. Mead was included in several exhibitions at the National Gallery of Canada, and his works are part of important collections such as the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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