Ronald Crawford, "Unravelled," 2007, acrylic and plaster on board, 32" x 36".
RONALD CRAWFORD, Lineage
J. Mitchell Gallery, Salt Spring Island
Sept 28 to Oct 24, 2007
By Jill Sawyer
It’s fitting that Ronald Crawford has chosen to participate in this fall show at J. Mitchell Gallery, which is devoted to the work of Salt Spring Island artists, who are all fathers, and the work of their daughters. The theme of family runs strongly through the work he’s been doing this year. Following the death of his mother in early 2007, Crawford traveled with his own father across Canada to spread her ashes. The period of contemplation and remembrance he spent after her death led to the work he’s recently completed, and he’ll show it in Lineage alongside the work of his daughters Klee Larsen-Crawford and Janaki Larsen. Crawford is equally pleased to share the exhibition space with good friends and fellow artists met during almost 20 years on the island, including Michael Robb and his daughter Aja Robb, the late LeRoy Jensen and Gabrielle Jensen, and guest artist Nicola Wheston and her daughter Asha Robertson. A graduate of the University of Calgary and the University of Oklahoma, Crawford’s technique has been described as modern fresco, a carved plaster surface that’s painted over and given a soft, eroded patina. He has also been inspired by the repeating patterns of traditional art forms, including Amish quilts and Islamic decoration.
Represented by: J. Mitchell Gallery, Salt Spring Island.