This exhibition offers unique insight into the loops and knots, searching lines, and spatial planes that comprise the work of former OCAD President, Ron Shuebrook. Anchored by several recent, large-scale oil paintings, the exhibition traces back his concerns and achievements, sampling five decades of creative insights. From ink drawings made as a student, through charcoal works that are marked as much by erasure as by charcoal, to luminous exploratory watercolours, the exhibition traces his commitment to a rigorous abstract language.
Shuebrook’s work builds upon the insights of abstract modernist painters to develop material structures that reflect our current times. He has long aspired to integrate formal, pictorial, and material structures into evocative objects of contemplation that attest to human continuity and contemporary experience.
Shuebrook exhibits his work nationally and internationally. More than 50 public galleries, museums, and corporations have acquired his paintings, drawings, prints, and wall constructions. He holds a B.Sc. in art education (1965) and a M.Ed. in art education (1969) from Kutztown University, PA., as well as an MFA from Kent State University, Ohio (1972). His work as an artist, professor, and academic administrator have had great influence on Canadian visual culture.