Ron Shuebrook: Selected Works

Ron Shuebrook

Selected Works 1965 - 2017


September 30 - November 26, 2017 

Opening Reception: Friday, September 29th, 7-9pm 

Artist Talk:  Thursday, November 2, 2017 7 PM

Ron Shuebrook is a Canadian artist who currently lives in Guelph, Ontario and Blandford, Nova Scotia. Shuebrook claims that improvisation, practice, and performance are central to his very deliberate act of making a painting.  Best known for large paintings, with his signature bold black intentional marks, Shuebrook’s work is human in scale and embedded with layers of meaning that connect us, and him with what it means to be human.  It is work that responds to and challenges the world in which we live, interact, and connect. 

Shuebrook holds a B.Sc. in art education and a M.Ed. in art education from Kutztown University, PA, as well as an MFA from Kent State University, OH. He has taught and been an administrator at many institutions in the United States and Canada including Kent State University, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, the Ottawa School of Art, and the University of Guelph.  He is also the former President and Vice President, Academic, of the Ontario College of Art and Design. He is a past president of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. In May 2005, he received an honorary doctorate from OCAD for his contributions to art and higher education in Canada, and on November 10, 2006 he received the 2006 Art Administrator’s Award of Distinction from the National Council of Art Administrators, an affiliated society of the College Art Association. Throughout much of Shuebrook’s life as an artist, he has sought to develop a body of work that respects the intellectual and aesthetic legacy of early and mid-20th Century modernisms, while accommodating his own curiosities, capacities, and beliefs. These various traditions, ranging from the examples of Cezanne, Matisse,and Mondrian to Hans Hofmann, Franz Kline, Robert Motherwell, Willem deKooning, and Philip Guston, have served him as persuasive models of engagement and ambition. These rigorous artists convinced him at an early age that conscious analysis and intuitive responses could be embodied in critical, yet expressive, form. Shuebrook exhibits his work nationally and internationally.His paintings, drawings, prints, and wall constructions have been acquired by more than 50 public galleries, museums, and corporations such as the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Art Gallery of Hamilton, MacDonald Stewart Art Center, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, The Four Seasons, and many others. Ron Shuebrook is represented by Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto.

This exhibition is supported in part by:  Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant Program.


Image: Detail of The Chase, 2010, charcoal on rag paper, 56.5 x 76.5 cm, Collection of the Artist.