Ray Mead was one of the pioneers of contemporary painting in Canada. After World War II he immigrated to Canada from England and became a member of Painters 11 in the 1950s. His distinctive painting practice continued through the next five decades. Since Meadís death in the fall of 1998 a posthumous solo exhibition of work from the 1990s was held at the Howard Scott Gallery in New York City. This is Meadís first solo show in Canada since his death.
One of Canadaís foremost abstract painters, Meadís canvases are often characterized by rich fields of colour that are activated by the strategic placements of his personal iconographic marks. His paintings possess a contemplative elegance. That upon meditation reveal a rich aesthetic experience.