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
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.
Iris Nowell, Painters Eleven: The Wild Ones of Canadian Art, Douglas & McIntyre, Toronto, 2010, page 234.
Private Collection, Canada