Ron Eady: Between the spaces

Oct 20, 2010 - Nov 14, 2010

Ron Eady: “Between The Spaces” opening reception Thursday, October 21, 2010 (7-10pm)

Engine is pleased to present a selection of recent paintings by artist Ron Eady. Ron is an accomplished mid-career artist whose observations of the world are insightful, layered and engaging, just like his encaustic paintings. Ron is also being featured on the cover of the most recent edition of Slate Art Guide - a popular gallery guide.

Ron Eady is a painter, not a photographer, and his artworks, while based on recognizable structures, move far away from the documentary. Instead, in his paintings of Hamilton's industrial core, he uses his unique process not simply to record his visual sensations, but rather to bring an inner and an outer vision into focus.

Eady's background includes an early interest and training in drawing. This has led to a signature technique of cross-hatching which can be seen most clearly in his four portraits of towers. Called "Constructures" the four paintings were completed between 2002 and 2006. The towers are engineering constructions with their own architectural aesthetic but Eady has depicted them in an unfinished state with scratchy adornments of scaffolding, standing in indeterminate landscapes.

He also likes the idea that interpretations are open to dispute and prefers that viewers find their own references: "I like to explore formations or forms whether manmade, natural or the human form, and how they compete with forces of nature or the pressures of everyday life. Either way they are dealing with issues and are open to interpretation. It's challenging and unpredictable and it can be very rewarding," he says.

This year, Eady acquired a new studio in Hamilton with a space that felt large enough to create epic treatments of the industrial landscape of east Hamilton, imposing works imbued with a sensuously physical presence.

It was the space in the new studio that allowed Eady to imagine and create his vast and stunning portrait of Hamilton harbour arguably the most famous and instantly recognizable industrial landscape in Canada. The long, horizontal composition, painted in encaustic, stretches across three large panels. The towers and smokestacks of the steel companies lie in blackened silhouette along the still surface of the bay.

Eady's remarkable graphic abilities have gained power and pathos in these dramatic vistas of Hamilton's once great heartland. Far from pretty pictures, his realizations of the industrial landscape are stark visions of betrayal and alienation, now denuded of all humanity. With their gritty jungles of tangled steel, fiery blast furnaces and soot-filled skies, Eady's industrial landscapes serve as a dark mirror reflecting the harsh underside of capitalist society.

Eady's large-scale industrial landscapes have received attention at home and abroad over the course of the past year. He has been commissioned for a special project and show in Japan in 2011, has received several full reviews in the press, and celebrates his success with his first solo show with Engine Gallery. Working between two studios – one in Hamilton and one in Rosseau, Muskoka – has inspired two separate yet complementary commentaries on landscapes that are both urban and rural, industrial and natural.

  • Ron Eady  -in his studio
  • Over Stormy Point no.12
  • The Path
  • Over Stormy Point #13
  • Swiftly Past the Whispering Woods
  • East of Paradise
  • End of the Line
  • Double Cross
  • End of the Road
  • Imposing Elements 1
  • Overcast
  • Study for the Architect
  • The Planner