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Michael Eade

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Michael Eade's egg tempera paintings with their subtle to intense color, luminosity and super-clarity create lush, inviting landscapes that evoke some super-real realm between fantasy, reality and memory.

Eade’s work draws on his daily life, personal travels and the web as well as the cultural and visual art histories of both Eastern and Western landscape traditions. The influences of Christian religious paintings, Asian landscape art, and Persian miniatures are strongly evident. Working intuitively, Eade transforms these sources into new worlds. His paintings invite viewers to embark on a visual tour of an unknown yet familiar landscape, becoming a part of their cultural and emotional consciousness.

Egg tempera, considered one of the most archival and stable mediums, is an ancient painting technique that utilizes egg yolk, dry ground pigments and water, which when mixed are then applied to a gesso prepared wood panel or canvas.

Eade’s most recent solo exhibition, Michael Eade: Beyond the Garden Wall, A Retrospective (2013) at The Anthony Giordano Gallery, Dowling College, NY, exhibited important developmental works created by Eade between 2002 through 2012 including pivotal paintings, drawings, prints and collaborative ceramics.

Also in 2013, Eade received a Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop Studio Immersion Project Fellowship, NYC. Over the summer of 2013 Eade created a suite of prints sourced on imagery originating from his most recent series of paintings created at or inspired by The Hermitage Artist Retreat located on the Gulf of Mexico in Florida. Master print makers at RBPMW helped Eade execute new works using techniques of intaglio, relief, lithography and chine-collé.

In addition, Eade has been commissioned by The Hermitage Artist Retreat (where he was awarded a fellowship residency from 2010-2012) to create a work to be presented on stage at Symphony Space, NYC. Collaborating with the naturalist poet Sandra Alcosser (also a Hermitage fellow and past poet laureate of Montana) they are creating a multi-media stage presentation commemorating this years 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson’s influential and historically pivotal environmentalist publication Silent Spring. This event will be presented to the public in November 2013.

Michael Eade was born in Portland, Oregon. Receiving a BA from Oregon State University he continued studies at the Staatlichen Akademie der Bildenen Kunste, Stuttgart (studying egg tempera painting techniques) and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. While attending NYU, he was an assistant to the American sculptor Louise Nevelson. He has received many honors including a residency at the Hermitage Artists’ Retreat, a studio membership at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, two fellowships from the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, and fellowships from the National Academy Museum and School of the Fine Arts, Artists’ Fellowship Inc., and Aljira. He was also selected as a finalist for the New York Foundation for the Arts sponsored Basil H. Alkazzi Award for Excellence in Painting. Eade’s work appears in public and corporate collections including the Harvard Business School, HERMÈS, AT&T, the Library of Congress Permanent Collection and many private collections. He lives and works in New York City.

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