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LOT 034

Raymond John Mead
1921 - 1998

oil on canvas
signed and dated 1959
40 1/2 x 39 in 102.9 x 99.1 cm

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

By descent to the present Private Collection, Toronto

Ray Mead’s career blossomed under the mentorship of artist Hortense Gordon, which led to Mead participating in annual exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Hamilton after 1947 and his involvement in the pivotal group Painters Eleven, formed in 1953 in Toronto.

Mead had settled in Hamilton, Ontario, after his service as a fighter pilot in the Royal Air Force in World War II. His exposure to North American scenery across Canada and the United States was a major source of inspiration, and he derived his horizontal and vertical planes directly from the landscape. Three suspended forms, the focal points of Untitled, show Mead’s control of the pictorial composition, while his application of paint displays his development of colour through underpainting—a technique that he cultivated throughout his career. This 1959 oil on canvas, a magnificent work from a period of artistic growth for Mead, demonstrates key qualities that continued to be significant characteristics of works produced later in Mead’s career.

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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