Solo Exhibition

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The Flow of Surprise (Double Green, Magenta & Yellow), 2016 Set Of 3, Oil On Panel 37 1/2 X 23 In. © Courtesy of the Artist and Nicholas Metivier Gallery
Solo Exhibition

190 Richmond Street East
M5A 1P1 Toronto
September 8th, 2016 - September 24th, 2016
Opening: September 8th, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Tue-Sat 10-6 or by appointment


Nicholas Metivier Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of paintings by Ric Evans. The exhibition will open on September 8th and run until September 24th with an opening reception on Thursday, September 8th. This is Evans’ fourth exhibition at the gallery.

Central to Ric Evans’ practice is colour and form. Evans’ work is informed by his surroundings, deriving shapes from various spaces that he finds between buildings, chairs, parked cars and other moments in everyday life. These shapes become what he describes as an armature to hold his idiosyncratic combinations of colour that create his distinct geometric compositions. 

In his latest works, Evans’ use of colour and form is more intuitive and arresting than ever before. For the canvases, Evans begins with a straight edge template, such as a trapezoid or triangle, in the center of each painting. Then, building outwards, he attaches boldly coloured rectangles that skim or leave narrow passages between the outer edges of the form and the parameters of the canvas. The freely floating placement of a recurring motif within its rectilinear confines is exemplary of the more minimal and confident direction of Evans’ work in recent years. Evans employs industrial copper or his signature black paint to add weight and dimension to his flat surfaces.

Alongside Evans’ canvases are a series of shaped panel paintings. Evans has been making these works since the early 1980s however his recent renditions are his most eccentric and playful to date. The works entitled, The Flow of Surprise, are anthropomorphic in shape and grouped into diptychs and triptychs to highlight optical illusions that play with our perception of space and scale. The Changing Nature of Location series are more simplified forms resembling shields or plaques. Evans often applies the paint on the panel works with a palette knife to enhance the materiality of the object as well as reveal the hand of the artist.

The particularity of Ric’s paintings has been how he constructs, using coloured and
textured shapes, a succession of relationships that are always in tension, and which
we can seize them only piecemeal, and then strive to put them wholly together. The
experience of painting has never been a passive one, as its distractors have claimed, but
Ric’s painting thrives on immersing its viewers in experiences of change, dislocation and
decenteredness. Their world remains in flux, imagined orders emerging, dissolving and
– Roald Naasgard

Ric Evans is one of Canada’s preeminent abstract painters, having worked in the genre of geometric abstraction for the last forty years. His work is included in many corporate and museum collections in Canada including the Art Gallery of Ontario. In 2015, Evans completed a large-scale commission for a prominent lobby location in one of the Toronto Dominion Towers in downtown Toronto. Evans was included in the internationally renowned curator, Roald Nasgaard’s highly acclaimed anthology, Abstract Painting in Canada (Douglas & McEntyre, 2008).

For more information on this artist, click here.

Opening reception: Thursday, September 8, 6 - 8 PM
Essay by Roald Nasgaard