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Legends of Taos Series, 2017

Robert Ray

(1924-2002)

Paintings from the Artist's Estate, and private collections


Robert Ray (1924-2002) By the time Robert Ray decided to leave his native Denver and move to Taos, in 1954, he had served in the navy in the South Pacific during and after World War II, earned art degrees at The University of Southern California and The Centro de Estudios Universitarios in Mexico City, and lived in Europe for a year. His decision to move came after being invited by Eulalia Emetaz to exhibit at La Galeria Escondida, which at the time was the place to exhibit as a modern artist, along side such artists as Richard Diebenkorn, Edward Corbett, Clay Spohn, Agnes Martin any many other early Taos Moderns. This was to be his first solo exhibition. That same year, fellow artist Earl Stroh introduced him to Helene Wurlitzer, who, to encourage Ray to remain in Taos, provided him with an artist studioresidence. He thus became one of the first beneficiaries of Mrs. Wurlitzer's generosity. When she commissioned several Taos artists to paint portraits of her for family members, she included Ray. Ray also showed his work in regional and national exhibitions, and was represented by Cecelia Torres at Horizon Fine Art and remained there late into his career. Ray would return to Denver, from time to time, for a few months of employment, but for the most part remained full time in Taos from the early 1950s until his passing in 2002. The most frequent subjects of his early Taos oil paintings were still life’s and semi-abstract landscapes, working in an around total abstraction with both two dimensional and three dimensional work. He was fascinated by the light of the Taos Valley, not just the light itself, but the way in which the quality of light defines the place. In his work, intense concentrations of light contrast abruptly with darkness and fragmented forms, was his signature style. He worked closely with the then Harwood Foundation and upon his death in 2002 left his home and collection to what now is The Harwood Museum of Art. Shortly before is death , in 2000 , The Harwood held a retrospective of his art, some works from that retrospective have also been included in this exhibition at 203 Fine Art.


Florentine Skyline, 16 x 20, oil on linen, 1955


Parched Pebble (#348), 26 x 6 x 6.75, manufactured metal on wood, 1971


Haiku the Wind II (#203), 22.25 x 22, watercolor on heavy paper, 1998


Dried Milk Weed Pod, 35 x 17, oil on linen, 1958


Genesis II, 16 x 20, oil on linen, 1963


August, 20.75 x 23.5, Liquitex on board, 1968 - SOLD


Barred Brilliance I, 10.5 x 14.25, watercolor & graphite, 1965


Genesis III, 14 x 44, oil on linen, 1962


untitled white, 24 x 36", oil on canvas, c. 1950's


No. 5 (#138), 22 x 22", watercolor on heavy paper, 1995


The Morning of April 7th, 43 x 43", oil on linen, 1978


Springs First Flutes & Drums, 9.75 x 29", mixed media tissue collage, c. 1960


Shape of Random Joy VIII (#309), 15.5 x 14 x 3, wood, c. 1970s


No. 3 (#136), 22.25 x 22, watercolor on heavy paper, 1995


Southwest Odyssey III, 14 x 22", ink on paper, c 1966


Struggle Toward Spring (#140), 22.25 x 22, watercolor on heavy paper, 1995


Southwest Odyssey VII, 14 x 22", ink on paper, c. 1966 - SOLD


Winter in Taos XVIII & Winter in Taos XVII, 9 x 9", oil on mounted linen, c. 1960's


Taos in Winter XVI & Reflections on Lake Powell XXVII, 9 x 9", oil on mounted linen, c. 1970s


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Robert Ray (1925-2002), paintings from the estate & private collections 2017  

This exhibition is part of 203 Fine Art's Legends of Taos Series, and includes a number of wonderful paintings from the 1950s through the la...

Robert Ray (1925-2002), paintings from the estate & private collections 2017  

This exhibition is part of 203 Fine Art's Legends of Taos Series, and includes a number of wonderful paintings from the 1950s through the la...