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, sometimes specifically referencing works such as Claude Lorrain drawings, Albrecht Dürer woodcuts or Wang Hui paintings. Working intuitively, Eade transforms these sources into new landscapes based on real world places associated with mythologies. His paintings invite viewers to embark on visual tours of unknown yet familiar landscapes, becoming a part of their cultural and emotional consciousness.
Egg tempera is an ancient archival painting technique mixing egg yolk, dry ground pigments and water applied to a gesso prepared wood panel or canvas. Eade also works in verre églomisé, another ancient medium, by applying precious metal leafs and pigments onto the reverse side of glass.
Eade’s most recent solo exhibition, Michael Eade: Paintings and Watercolors (2016) was at Gary Marotta Fine Art, Provincetown, MA.