Ray Mead

Image © Copyright Ray Mead Estate (2020)

Ray Mead ( 1921-1998 )

“Stillness Buried”
Also exhibited as Stillness Buried, Northern Reflections and Still Reflections
Oil on canvas, 1956
Signed and dated lower right, “Ray Mead 56”
86.3 x 127 cm, 34 x 50 in.

Provenance:
• Helena Rubinstein, NYC.
• Private collection by descent, Toronto.
Exhibited:
• Canadian Group of Painters;
Art Gallery of Toronto, Nov. 9 – Dec. 26, 1956;
Vancouver Art Gallery, Feb. 5 – Mar. 3, 1957.
• The Four Seasons: The Helena Rubinstein Collection, The Park Gallery, Toronto, Mar. 20 – Apr. 4, 1958.
• Les Quatre Saisons: The Helena Rubinstein Collection, Henry Morgan and Co., Montreal, Nov. 17-22, 1958.
Literature:
• Canadian Group of Painters exhibition 1956-57: catalogue #54.
• Oeuvres de 4 peintres montréalais dans la colletion Rubinstein, La Presse, Montreal, Mar. 7, 1958, p. 20.
• 12 Commissioned Works For a Private Collection, The Globe and Mail, Mar 15, 1958, p. 15.
• Canadian Palet Palette of Spring Wools, The Globe and Mail, Mar 22, 1958, p. A16, illustrated in situ.
• Les quatre saisons, La collection de peintures canadiennes de Mme Helena Rubinstein, La Presse, Montreal, Nov. 5, 1958, p. 41.
• Mme Helena Rubinstein et “Lés quatre saisons” La Patrie, Nov.16,1958, p. 102.
• Canadian Collection, Montreal Gazette, Nov. 22, 1958, p. 33.
• Two Decades, Ray Mead, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, 1982, p. 34-35.
• York Wilson His Life and Work, 1907-1984, Lela Wilson, McGill Queen University Press, 1998, p. 120.

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Biography

Ray Mead (1921-1998) studied in London at the Slade School of Art, in 1946 moved to Hamilton and became friendly with Hortense Gordon in 1949. By 1952 Mead was living in Toronto working as a commercial artist for the MacLaren Advertising Company, Ray Mead was then transferred by his company to Montreal in 1958.

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