MICHAEL EADE (b. 1957, Portland, Oregon)

Received a BA from Oregon State University and did further studies at the Staatlichen Akademie der Bildenen Kunste, Stuttgart (studying egg tempera painting techniques), and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts (studying film and computer animation techniques). He has received many honors including a current residency at the Hermitage Artists’ Retreat, a studio membership at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, and fellowships from the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, the National Academy Museum and School of the Fine Arts, Artists’ Fellowship Inc., and Aljira. 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 is going to have a solo show at Pombal Palace, Lisbon in 2016.

Tree is a repeating metaphor in Eade’s work. He calls them “The Tree of Life.” As he says, “ I learned there is more than one ancient fruit forest in the Tian Shan region and that they are the genetic Eden to over 300 wild fruit and nut species including the wild apple, pear, plum, cherry, apricot and walnut to name a few. When I learned this I decided to incorporate pears and other fruits with the apples into my paintings. It is also a fact that all of these forests are in danger of extinction…Learning all this inspired me to visually eulogize this botanical Eden and create a landscape icon- The Tree of Life.” During his study, he realized that “The Tree of Life” can be found in different cultures. Therefore, the series becomes a practice to combine Eastern and Western landscape traditions: “Evolving together, filtered through my painting process and heavily referencing each other these paintings sustain a dialogue amongst themselves while providing different vistas of the remarkable Central Asian wild.”

Artist’s Website: www.michaeleade.com

迈克尔·伊德(b. 1957, 美国俄勒冈州波特兰)

毕业于俄勒冈州立大学,后在德国斯图加特国立造型艺术学院(蛋彩画研究)和纽约大学(电影和电脑动画技术)取得艺术硕士学位,现生活和工作在纽约。他目前是伊丽莎白基金会的驻地艺术家,并获得罗伯特·布莱克本版画工作室,美国国家设计学院,Aljira奖学金等。伊德的作品在许多公共收藏和公司收藏中,包括哈佛商学院,爱马仕,AT&T,国会图书馆收藏等。2016年他将在葡萄牙里斯本的庞巴尔宫举办个展。

树是伊德作品中常出现的图像,他称其为“生命之树”。伊德说:“我听说在中国的天山区域有一片原始森林,种有三百余种野生果树,是天然的基因宝库。然而由于生态环境的破坏,这片森林面积在逐年减少。我开始在绘画中集中表现树的形象。”经过研究,他发现,在埃及、印度、中国,不同的文化之中都有生命之树的形象,扎根土地,聆听风声,生长、开花、结果,在春夏秋冬的循环往复中与自然相联系。

艺术家个人网站:www.michaeleade.com