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Ev Read openingI’m a Toronto-born, Cape Town-based artist who paints urban landscapes on handmade gesso panels, often working with a limited palette of between three and five colours and building up layers, rubbing paint away and laying it back on to create depth and rich colour.

My work embodies a tension between the quest for order, represented by the concise geometric forms of the humanmade world and my flat painted surfaces, and expressive freedom, as evidenced by the scratched gesso substrate that sometimes breaks through the layers of paint, the occasional looseness of the brushstrokes and the organic shapes of the natural world. On the M3 flyover near Ndabeni.This quest for balance is also illustrated in my compositions, in which figurative realism struggles with abstract composition. While I originally made small intimate works that draw the viewer in, I have also started to make larger pieces that embrace the scale of classic landscape painting.

I worked with artist and academic Pippa Skotnes at the Centre for Curating the Archive for eight years. During my time there I co-curated several exhibitions at, amongst others, the SA Museum and SA National Gallery in Cape Town and the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg.

I’m currently working on a series of works for a show in Toronto in July 2017 entitled “Feels like home”, which is the genesis of an ongoing series that will explore themes of home, displacement, immigration and the effect of political policies that restrict movement in the New World Order of Donald Drumpf.

My work is held in collections in Cape Town, Johannesburg, New York, London, Toronto and Mexico City.