Alexandrya Eaton graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art from Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, in 1991. Determined to paint full time, she returned home to Moncton and set up studio in the Centre Culturel Aberdeen, where she worked alongside prominent Acadian artists Yvon Gallant, Nancy Morin and the late Guy Duguay. Heavily influenced by this tightly knit artistic community, Eaton realized the significance of staying in New Brunswick to pursue her career.
In 1992, Eaton was selected to participate in the “Symposium de la Jeune Peinture au Canada” in Baie- Saint-Paul, Quebec. The youngest of fifteen international artists, her large twenty-foot painting then traveled to the Museum of the Americas in Washington, D.C., for the exhibition, Terre-Terre, later that same year. In 1995, Eaton was invited to take part in Acacia Gallery’s three-month artist-in-residence program in Gagetown, New Brunswick, and in 1996, she traveled to Newfoundland on the invitation of the Pouch Cove Visiting Artist Residency Program for a one-month residency, both of which resulted in solo exhibitions.
Throughout her career, Alexandrya has had more than twenty-five solo exhibitions of her work. Her paintings hang in numerous collections, both private and public, across Canada, the United States, Europe, Bermuda and Jamaica. She has received many project grants to continue the development of her work. In 2000, she took part in the studio residency program at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton, which coincided with the Atlantic Art Exhibition, Artists in a Floating World, curated by Tom Smart.
Eaton’s paintings have been included in several important group exhibitions, such as Anecdotes and Enigmas curated by Hermenegilde Chiasson in 1996, which traveled across Canada; and BLISS curated by Shauna McCabe. In 2002, at the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, BLISS combined the work of four international artists exploring the image and idea of flowers and flowering and its relationship to the poetic, questioning modern perceptions of beauty.
Alexandrya Eaton’s work has been purchased by the New Brunswick Art Bank, RBC Dominion Securities, Aliant Telecom, Nesbitt Burns, NB Power, Purdy’s Wharf Inc., the UNB Art Centre;,Toronto Dominion Bank, and the Masterworks Foundation in Bermuda, among many other public and corporate collections. She has successfully completed several large commissions for public spaces over the years. As with all her work, Alexandrya intends to overwhelm the viewer with life and colour.
Eaton continues to work in a very physical way, painting quickly and on the floor. Her recent inclusion of such tools as rollers, tape and handmade stencils facilitate her fascination with the repetition of images. Currently Eaton’s work is focused on a “woman being”, offering a playful perspective on the attempt to come to terms with typical female roles.
In 2012, Alexandrya was invited to participate in HOT POP SOUP: Neo-Pop Trends in Contemporary New Brunswick Art, a group exhibition at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton. Curator, Terry Graff, brought together the work of ten New Brunswick artists working within the realm and influence of Pop Art. Eaton’s resulting work, “Superhero Warehouse”, is a testament to current themes in her work, an ongoing series titled “Busy Woman”, a modern interpretation on the idea of an everyday superwoman.
Eaton believes that as an artist it is her responsibility to give back to her community. Over the years, she has donated many paintings, in particular to hospitals, cancer care centers and children’s charities. Alexandrya has relocated with her family back to Sackville, NB.
What do Mary Walsh, David Blackwood, Robert Ghiz, Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers, Mary Pratt and Alexandrya Eaton have in common?
They have all been featured on In Conversation by Bell Aliant...
We are very excited that Tristram Clark, an independent TV producer in St. John's NL has produced an interview with Alexandrya Eaton for a TV show called In Conversation with host Roger Bill. In Conversation airs biweekly on Community One (Channel 1 on Bell Aliant's Fibre Op TV) in all four Atlantic Canadian provinces and all the episodes stream on the show's website at: www.inconversation.ca. To view the show, please click below and find the Episode from Season One...