Alexandrya Eaton is a contemporary Canadian painter. In the past decade her practice has grown to include rug-hooking and weaving, incorporating the same vibrant palette and feminine icons across all mediums. Eaton’s work aims to explore phases of womanhood, combining traditional women’s craft practices with contemporary imagery.
Early in her career, Eaton was invited 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 exhibition, TERRE-TERRE, at the Museum of the Americas, in Washington, D.C. Over the years, Eaton’s paintings have been included in several important group exhibitions, such as: Anecdotes and Enigmas: the Atlantic Art Exhibition curated by Herménégilde Chiasson, in 1996; and BLISS, in 2002, curated by Shauna McCabe. At the Confederation Centre for 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.
In 2012, Eaton was invited to participate in HOT POP SOUP: Neo-Pop Trends in Contemporary New Brunswick Art, a group exhibition at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. 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, confirmed current themes in her work, offering a modern interpretation on the idea of an everyday superwoman.
In 2019, Eaton’s painting, Working Mothers, was selected from the New Brunswick Art Bank to be included in the anniversary exhibition celebrating fifty years of the province’s permanent collection. Everything’s Gonna Be Fine was an ambitious project curated by 3E Collective which resulted in a full colour catalogue published in conjunction with a travelling group exhibition.
Over three decades, Alexandrya Eaton has had forty-five solo exhibitions of her work and her paintings hang in numerous private and public collections. Her most recent body of work, Becoming, which took four years to complete and involves both painting and rug hooking, resulted in a solo travelling exhibition first curated by Christina Thomson at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in 2018. Becoming then travelled to Sunbury Shores Arts & Nature Centre in 2019 and the Saint John Arts Centre in 2021.
The Becoming series will be shown again this summer in Eaton’s retrospective solo exhibition at the Owens Art Gallery, at Mount Allison University, in Sackville. Everything in Between, curated by 3E Collective, will be accompanied by a full colour publication of the artist’s life and work funded with a grant from the New Brunswick Arts Board. This impressive book and career survey, Everything in Between examines thirty years of Eaton’s art practice in combination with 3E Collective’s insightful observations on art making, motherhood, and femininity.