T.O.E. (Theory of Everything)
7 July – 6 August 2006
It is with enormous sadness that we announce the death of Ron Meerbeek – a vital colleague in the important early years of the gallery, a truly great artist and a wonderful friend. In both his painting and his writing he had a fierce imaginitive energy, intensely focussed with a caustic wit. This ran alongside a warmth and loyalty towards others and a stoical acceptance of his many years of imperfect health. He was missed when we didn’t see him as often as we would like; he is missed all the more now we no longer can. R.I.P. Ron Meerbeek, Geelong, 1959 – London, 2020 XXX
Elsewhere abstract clusters of bright dots and lozenges echo the magical patterning from older belief systems. Yet these are as figurative as any photo-booth portrait: spores on a microscope, the DNA that gives us our identities as well as that of the microbes that destroy us, the hectic aetiology of this disease called life.
It’s a Dog eat God world.