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)