Raymond John Mead

Canada (19211988 ) - Artworks
mead  raymond john Bright Abbey

Heffel /Nov 25, 2010
7,432.73 - 11,149.10
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Raymond John Mead - Yellow Abbey Ii

Raymond John Mead - Yellow Abbey Ii

Original 1988
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Lot number: 26
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Live home Auction catalogue Absentee and Telephone bids Terms and conditions Catalogue terms and abbreviations Catalogue subscription Auction location Streaming video Archived auctions Auction results Exceptional results Services Upcoming auctions Upcoming highlights Invitation to consign Raymond John Mead CGP CSGA P11 1921 - 1998 Canadian Yellow Abbey II acrylic on canvas signed and on verso signed, titled, dated 1988 and inscribed "#2" and "RM-89004" 56 x 67 in 142.2 x 170.2cm Provenance: Waddington and Shiell Galleries, Toronto Granville Fine Art, Vancouver Private Collection, Toronto Ray Mead’s early training at the Slade School of Fine Art in London prepared him for a long and successful career in advertising design after he settled in Canada in 1946. Soon after immigrating he connected with the young painters who were to form Painters Eleven and consequently established himself as an exhibiting artist. Whether in his earliest post-war paintings, his more mellow-hued works from the late 1950s or his images in all media from later periods, Mead’s palette is consistently strong and lively, as with the dominant hot yellow in this fine canvas from the late 1980s. While his earlier abstract works were more controlled and often included a suggestion of a horizon line for visual grounding, his mature paintings feature broad, open spaces populated by somewhat familiar shapes and a kind of personal graffiti that gracefully and playfully leads us through the image. Mead was skilled and confident enough to trust that we would find our way.
Raymond John Mead - Image No. 10

Raymond John Mead - Image No. 10

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RAYMOND JOHN MEAD IMAGE NO. 10 oil on canvas signed and dated ‘54; titled on the reverse 30 ins x 36 ins; 76.2 cms x 91.4 cms Provenance: Private Collection, Canada Literature: Iris Nowell, Painters Eleven: The Wild Ones of Canadian Art, Douglas & McIntyre, Toronto, 2010, page 234. Note: Ray Mead treated the canvas as a single plane - eliminating any distinction between the background and the subject. Though he resisted the brand of Colour-Field painter, Mead skillfully emphasized the flatness of his paintings. “The shapes and forms on his canvases – zigzagging blocks, small blots and squiggles, assertive arrows, crescents and arches – are rendered in lively hues.” Through angles and jagged blocks, pure colour – yellow, terracotta, blue – and deep black, Ray Mead created rhythm in Image No. 10 .
Raymond John Mead - Objects

Raymond John Mead - Objects

Original 1952
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Lot # 006 Raymond John Mead CGP CSGA P11 1921 - 1998 Canadian Objects oil on canvas signed and dated 1952 and on verso signed, titled and inscribed "9Hill Heights Court, Toronto / $100" 28 x 36 in 71.1 x 91.4cm Provenance: Private Collection, Ontario Objects was acquired directly from the artist - perhaps as anexchange or as a gift - by a gentleman who credited Mead withhelping him get his first job in the advertising industry. It hasremained in the possession of that man's family ever since. Atfirst glance, one may associate this 1952 painting with a Cubistaesthetic, but Mead was clearly still in the thrall of his SladeSchool instructor, Patrick Heron, and the other young moderns whoformed the nexus of Cornwall's St. Ives School. Here we do not havemultiple views but one pared-down view of still life objects:perhaps a ripe melon, a shiny apple and a yellow jug on a darktable, standing on a green carpet. The rich yet controlled colourrange, the flattened format and strong curved shapes are morereminiscent of British artists Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworththan of Pablo Picasso or Georges Braque.
Raymond John Mead - Bright Abbey

Raymond John Mead - Bright Abbey

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Lot # 022 Raymond John Mead CGP CSGA P11 1921 - 1998 Canadian Bright Abbey acrylic on canvas signed and on verso titled, dated 1988 and inscribed "40th anniversary, July 12th, 1992" 60 x 67 in 152.4 x 170.2cm Provenance: A gift from the Artist, 1992 By descent to the present Private Estate, Ontario As a member of Painters Eleven, Ray Mead was directly involved in the pioneering stage of Canadian contemporary painting. Before his contributions to the development of Canadian abstract art, Mead was born and educated in England, and studied at the Slade School of Fine Art in London. Displaced by World War II, Mead emigrated to Canada in 1946 and settled in Hamilton, Ontario. Despite his formal training in London, Mead credited fellow Painters Eleven artist Hortense Gordon for his artistic development in the beginning of his career. She introduced him to ideas gained from Hans Hofmann and the innovations of American Abstract Expressionists. Bright Abbey was produced in 1988, a period in which Mead was painting in response to Post-Painterly Colour Field painting. With its softly modulated pastel ground, this work is a departure from his typical bold colour fields. A characteristic of Mead's body of work at this time, and notably in this outstanding canvas, is his unique style of inscribing his surface with sensitive lines and shapes. As Roald Nasgaard writes, "His drawing is more edgy, always a little precious, sometimes quirky; small-scaled despite the relatively large size of the paintings."
Raymond John Mead - Tidal Blue

Raymond John Mead - Tidal Blue

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Lot # 042 Raymond John Mead CGP CSGA P11 1921 - 1998 Canadian Tidal Blue oil on canvas signed and dated 1991 and on verso signed, titled and dated 57 x 66 in 144.8 x 167.6cm Provenance: Private Collection, Toronto Literature: David Burnett and Marilyn Schiff, Contemporary Canadian Art, 1983,page 50 Roald Nasgaard, Abstract Painting in Canada, 2007, page 106 Ray Mead was born and educated in England, and studied at the SladeSchool of Fine Art in London. He emigrated in 1946, settling inHamilton, Ontario where he became a commercial artist and artdirector for an advertising agency. In 1953, he exhibited his workin the now famous Abstracts at Home, the Toronto show from whichPainters Eleven came into being. Mead's work exhibited what DavidBurnett and Marilyn Schiff termed an "explosive energy on thesurfaces of [his] paintings." Although his works were largelyabstract, the images retained a sense of realism; Roald Nasgaardnotes that Mead stated: "Basically, my painting is reallylandscape." Tidal Blue was painted in 1991, and demonstrates the multitude ofinfluences that developed Mead's style, such as American AbstractExpressionism. The strong sense of composition is evidence ofMead's maturity as an artist, and within the bold, rich blue of thecanvas there is a sense of movement upwards towards the darkslashes of colour. The heavy application of paint creates a richlytextured and glowing colour field that gives a sense of open spacewithin the work, encouraging our visual exploration.
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