Alexandrya Eaton, a painter, was born in 1969, in Moncton, New Brunswick. In 1991, she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art from Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick. Determined to paint full time, she returned to Moncton to 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 15 international artists, her large 20 foot painting then traveled to the Museum of the Americas, in Washington, DC, for the exhibition, “Terre-Terre,” later that same year.
In 1995, Eaton was invited to take part in Acacia Gallery’s 3 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 1 month residency, both of which resulted in solo exhibitions.
Throughout her career, Alexandrya has had more than 25 solo exhibitions of her work. Her paintings hang in numerous collections, both private and public, across Canada, the US, 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, “Artist’s 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, PEI, “Bliss” combined the work of 4 international artists exploring the image and idea of flowers and flowering and its relationship to the poetic, questioning modern concepts of beauty.
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, 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 her viewer with life and colour.
Eaton continues to paint 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 us focused on a “woman being,” offering a playful perspective on the attempt to come to terms with typical female roles. Alexandrya gratefully acknowledges the support of artsnb by way of a project grant in 2009 to further develop her work.
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. Curator, Terry Graff, brought together the work of 10 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 recently relocated her young family back to Sackville, NB, where she works from a studio in her home.