Eva McCauley is known for vibrant, colourful paintings that seamlessly merge abstraction with figuration. Her work reflects on our intertwined lives, in which the boundaries between the past and present are often blurred. She is a painter and printmaker, known for her atmospheric, expressive paintings of sky, water and shifting landscapes that explore the passage of time and the transient and ephemeral nature of the spiritual and physical world. As a figurative artist she is fascinated with the human condition, and the fragility of our existence. She divides her time between her studios in Bear River, N.S., and Elmira, Ontario, painting people and places that are steeped in personal significance.
Her work explores the process of recollection and how we process memories. Her focus is not on the recreation of a specific image or moment, but the creation of something informed by the act of remembering -- an act which renders past experiences as ephemeral, and constantly in flux, resulting in works which perpetually shift, their images lyrical, ghost-like, and ethereal.
She studied visual art at the Ontario College of Art and Design, receiving an O.C.A.D. diploma in drawing & painting (1983), a B.F.A. from University of Guelph (1994) and a M.F.A. from University of Waterloo (1996).
She has exhibited internationally and nationally, with solo exhibitions at the Elora Centre for the Arts, Elora, ON (Splendid Isolation, 2022); ArtsPlace Gallery in Annapolis Royal, N.S., (Splendid Isolation, 2021), the Rotunda Gallery, Kitchener, ON (Face to Face Project, 2018), Artery Gallery, U. of Waterloo (Face to Face Project, 2017); St. Thomas Elgin Art Centre (World’s Edge, 2014); Wandesford Quay Gallery in Cork (In/Visible, Aug/Sept. 2012); Limerick Printmakers (In/Visible, August/Sept. 2010); Elora Centre for the Arts, Elora, Ontario, and Harbinger Gallery, Waterloo (Solas agus Scáth, 2009), Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery (Momento Mori, 2000); Open Studio, Toronto (Ruptured Time); Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto (Colour of Memory, Mutable as Water, Gaze); and solo and group exhibitions at Harbinger Gallery, Waterloo; Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery 2nd Biennale (2005); and the Castellani Museum in Lewiston, N.Y. (Crossing Borders). Her work is included in collections in Canadian Embassies all over the world and is part of a Canadian boxed set collection sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
McCauley is the recipient of many awards and scholarships, including the W.O. Forsythe Painting Award (1983), Bronfman Printmaking Award (1993), Warner Lambert Printmaking Scholarship (1994) "Best in Printmaking Award" at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition (1996), "Ernst & Young Purchase Award" (1996), a Canada Council "Quest" Grant for Emerging Artists (2000), several Ontario Council Project Grants, as well as two Region of Waterloo Arts Fund grants in 2017 and 2019. Most recently, in 2022, she was awarded an Arts Nova Scotia "Create" Grant to fund her next painting project.
Her work can be found in many private and public collections such as the Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Waterloo Regional Labour Council, the Ernst & Young Canadian Print Collection and the Nova Scotia Art Bank Collection.
She is also an art educator, and has been a sessional professor of Fine Art at the University of Waterloo since 2002.