RAY CHARLES WHITE (1961-), CANADIAN
DOUBLE INVERTED OAKLEAF, 1995
acrylic and enamel on canvas with steel surround
signed and dated /95 on the overflap
23.5 x 67.5 in — 59.7 x 171.5 cm
Gallery Moos Ltd., Toronto
Private Collection, Ontario
Though firmly rooted in photography, Ray Charles White’s work can often drift into abstraction, untethering from the familiar. Born in Toronto in 1961, the artist studied with Ansel Adams in Yosemite before beginning a career as a photographer for Andy Warhol’s “Interview” magazine. This particular image shows an oakleaf, but mirrored against itself, imbuing the familiar shape with freshness. The serenity of this natural form is balanced by a compositional tension, as if the segments of leaf are being stretched towards the edge of the frame.