Ron Eady

 

AVAILABLE WORK

‘The Unconventionals’ 

March 4 – 25, 2017

Opening reception with Ron, Saturday March 4, 1 – 4 pm

View the online catalogue here

The Unconventionals

Ron Eady was born in Toronto, in 1957. His art education began at a secondary school for the visual arts and continued at Sheridan College in Oakville  with additional studies at The Ontario College of Art, Toronto.

In 2000 he became an elected member of The Ontario Society of Artists (O.S.A.)

Ron spent his formative years focused on drawing and painting. Over the past decade he has primarily painted with the encaustic medium, as well as sculpting in wood with the application of encaustic.

His works explore the feeling of unsettled or elusive imagery, whether it’s an industrial landscape, figurative work or organic formations, creating an atmosphere of uncertainty.

Working between two studios – one in Hamilton and one in Rosseau, Muskoka, Ontario – has inspired two separate yet complementary commentaries on landscape that are both urban & rural, industrial and natural.

Ron’s work has been featured in numerous publications. He has exhibited internationally and his paintings are held in collections in the USA, Canada, Japan and China.

In 2014, Abbozzo Gallery held an exhibition of Ron’s work titled ‘Billy Bishop Goes to Rosseau’. Canadian pilot Billy Bishop was a highly decorated flying ace during the  First World War. In the early 1920’s he and a fellow ace, William Barker started one of Canada’s first commercial airline services. Using their Curtiss seaplane, they flew passengers from Toronto harbour to the Muskoka lakes and for sightseeing flights.

Bishop was married to the granddaughter of Timothy Eaton, founder of the Eaton’s department store chain. Bishop often flew family and friends to the Eaton’s cottage ‘Kawandag’ on Lake Rosseau directly across the bay from Ron Eady’s  studio in Rosseau. While researching the local archives, Ron found images of Bishop’s plane in Rosseau Bay and one of the images showed Ron’s cottage in the background.

The exhibition was about not only Billy Bishop but also about Ron Eady and his  connection to the Rosseau area where he and his family have their cottage, a business and Ron’s studio. The landscape there has often appeared in Eady’s encaustic paintings, as have aviation themes.

 

BIOGRAPHY

SELECTED SOLO AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

  • 2017 The Unconventionals, Abbozzo Gallery, Toronto, ON
  • 2017, The Elusive Figure, with Tadeusz Biernot, Earls Court Gallery, Hamilton, ON
  • 2016, Shadow River Stories, The Project Room Abbozzo Gallery, Toronto, ON
  • 2015, REcollections, Galerie d’Avignon, Montreal, QC
  • 2014, ‘Billy Bishop Goes to Rosseau’, solo exhibition, Abbozzo Gallery, Toronto, ON
  • Love Art Fair with Abbozzo Gallery, Toronto, ON
  • Art Toronto International Art Fair with Area Gallery, Hamilton, ON
  • 2013 ‘Go Figure’, group exhibition, Abbozzo Gallery, Toronto, ON
  • ‘Summer in the City’, two artist exhibition, Abbozzo Gallery, Toronto, ON
  • ’20/20′, group exhibition, Abbozzo Gallery, Toronto, ON
  • ‘The Other Side of Paradise’, solo exhibition, Earl’s Court Gallery, Hamilton, ON
  • LA Art Show with Axiom Contemporary Art, Santa Monica, CA
  • 2012 Art Toronto International Art Fair with Area Gallery, Hamilton, ON
  • Earl’s Court Gallery, group exhibition, Hamilton, ON
  • Renann Isaacs Contemporary Art, group exhibition, Guelph, ON
  • Group exhibitions, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, ON
  • 2011 Group exhibitions, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, ON
  • ‘Metal + Paint’, Renann Isaacs Contemporary Art, Guelph, ON
  • ‘Atmosphere of Uncertainty’, solo exhibition, Aht Al Green Gallery, Toronto, ON
  • 2010 Group exhibitions, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, ON
  • ‘Between the Spaces’, solo exhibition, Engine Gallery, Toronto, ON
  • Toronto International Art Fair with Engine Gallery, Toronto, ON
  • 2009 ‘OSA in the GTA’, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, ON
    ‘Plant Life’, Burlington Art Centre, ON
    ‘Recollections’, solo exhibition, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, ON
  • 2008  ‘Palm Beach 3′, Galerie Mark Hachem, New York, Paris
    ‘Energy’, Craig Scott Gallery, Toronto, ON
  • ‘Face Forward’, contemporary portraiture, Varley Art Gallery, Markham, ON
  • Toronto International Art Fair with Galerie Mark Hachem, New York, Paris
  • ‘Trap/Elusion’, two artist exhibition, Craig Scott Gallery, Toronto, ON
  • 2007 Toronto Art Expo’, Metro Toronto convention Centre , Toronto, ON
    ‘The Architecture Show’, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, ON
    ‘The Sculpture Show’, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, ON
    ‘Man and His World’, Galerie D’Avignon, Montreal, QC
  • 2005 Toronto International Art Exhibition, Toronto, ON
    ‘Portrait’- contemporary explorations in portraiture, Varley Art Gallery, Markham, ON
  • 2005 Apeldoorn Museum/CODA, Apeldoorn, Netherlands
    Toronto Art Expo, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, ON
    ‘Blue’, Gallery Bibianne, Toronto, ON
    Glass Garage Fine Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California
  • 2004 Sagamihara Citizens Gallery, Sagamihara City, Japan
    Glass Garage Fine Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California
    ‘Explorations in Encaustic’, Solo Show, The Art Company, Toronto, ON
    Toronto Art Expo, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, ON
  • 2003 Visual Arts Mississauga Juried Show, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, ON
    First Prize for Painting
    ‘Artists of Today & Tomorrow’, The Art Company, Toronto, ON
    Arta Gallery, in the Distillery District, Toronto, ON
    Brush Gallery, in the Distillery District, Toronto, ON
    Toronto Inside Art Expo, Metro Toronto Convention Centre
  • 2002 V.A.M. Juried Show, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, ON
    Painting Award ‘Evidence of things unseen’, Tyndale College, Toronto, ON
  • 2001 V.A.M. Juried Show, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, ON
    Painting Award 2000 V.A.M. Juried Show, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, ON
    Painting Award  ‘Aim for Arts’, International exhibition hosted by F.C.A., Vancouver, BC
  • 1999 V.A.M. Juried Show, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, ON
    ‘Countdown to the Millennium’, John Aird Gallery, Toronto, ON
  • 1998 V.A.M. Juried Show, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, ON
    ‘A Statement of Self’, selected works of the S.C.A., The Frederick Horsman Varley Art Gallery of Markham, Markham, ON

PUBLICATIONS AND OTHER MEDIA

  • The Hamilton Spectator, “Both Sides Now”, by Regina Haggo, Earls’ Court Gallery exhibition review, March 9, 2013
  • Scope Magazine, Launch Issue, February 2011
  • Arabella Magazine, Canadian Art and Architecture, “Artist to Collect”, Spring 2010
  • Imagine the Imagination, New Visions in Surrealism, featuring 100 international artists, hardcover
  • The Hamilton Spectator, “Industrial Strength Painting” by Regina Haggo, Sept. 28, 2009
  • “Plant Life”, catalogue essay by Elaine Hujer
  • Muskoka Magazine, “The Heated Art of Ron Eady”, August 2007
  • The Gazette, Montreal, “Symbol of Promise Tinged with Decay”, review by Henry Lehman, Saturday, April 28, 2007
  • “Between the Lines – Ron Eady”, Steel, events, tension, catalogue essay by John M. Kennedy, FRSC, University of Toronto
  • Good Life Magazine, ‘The Artists and their Portraits’, Volume 7, Issue 6, September 2005
  • Stir Magazine (A Globe and Mail supplement) October, 2005
  • Metaphor and Thought – Cambridge University Press (textbook) in the chapter ‘Metaphor and Art’
  • “Wax works” – The Hamilton Spectator – August 28, 2004
  • The Muskoka Sun – July 3, 2003
  • The Muskokan – July 25th, 2002
  • ‘More than just a pretty painting’ – The Muskoka Sun- July 4th, 2002
  • Muskoka Magazine – July 2001
  • ‘Artist’s effort aids Camp Oochigeas’ – The Muskoka Sun – July 12th, 2001
  • ‘Painter prefers offbeat theme’ – The Hamilton Spectator- August 11th, 2000
  • ‘Eady raising funds for kids’ camp’ – The Burlington Post – August 2000

COLLECTIONS

  • City of Sagamihara Collection, Sagamihara, Japan
  • Colart Collection, Montreal
  • Global Aerospace, (Canada), Markham, ON
  • Government of Ontario Collection, Toronto, ON
  • The Varley Art Gallery, Markham, ON
  • Various Private Collections – U.S.A. and Canada
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