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Ray Paul

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Birthplace
Cleveland, OH

Birth year
1962

Lives in
Tampa, FL

Works in
Tampa FL

Website

Schools
University of Cincinnati, 1991, M.F.A. In Painting
Florida State University, 1986, B.S. In Biology

Tags
conceptual, mixed-media, abstract, digital, modern, surrealism, realism

Statement

 

Artist Statement

I believe the creative process must be preceded by some primordial urge, some instinctive need. This is followed by the desire to reach a state of child-like innocence, and thus the condition of the primal shaman. In this uninhibited emotional realm, the seed of a work of art is created. This seed is fertilized by the subconscious and brought to the embryonic level. Here, the conscious attains control, nurturing and developing the embryo into maturation. The result of this process is a work of art. The artist must be in tune with his/her true self, the subconscious, contemporary society, the vast history of art and civilization, and the wonderful complexities of the chosen medium.

Therefore, a work of art can be viewed as a visual distillation of life experience, knowledge, talent and instinct. However, a work of art is not complete until it reaches an audience, until it finds that secret realm of shared humanity.

Ray Paul


Bio

Ray Paul began drawing and painting as a young boy, so art has always been a part of his life. Animals and images from National Geographic Magazine were his early subjects.Growing up in Ohio, dreams of Florida and all things tropical helped him survive the dreary winters and infused his palette with saturated hues. This, and a fascination with science, led him to Florida State University where he received a B.S. in Biology in 1986. Returning to his first love, art, Paul earned his M.F.A. in Painting from the University of Cincinnati in 1991.

Ray currently resides in Tampa, FL., where he maintains a studio. His work is a synthesis of life experiences and a desire to illuminate the subconscious. Elements of abstract expressionism, surrealism, pop art, biology, and psychedelic music all combine and intertwine, creating an unique style of abstract painting. Each work is an experiment, as different paints mix and swirl, with meticulous layering providing the final touch.

I have been diagnosed with a high-grade myxofibrosarcoma, which is a form of soft tissue sarcoma. I am currently a patient at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa , FL. I have undergone 5 surgeries, 2 courses of radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. I am currently embarking on a collaborative endeavor entitled "The My Sarcoma Project." I plan on combining painting, photographic images of my tumor cells, printmaking, video and music to create an exhibit that illuminates my experiences as an artist and cancer patient. This journey has led me to a greater understanding and appreciation of my work. I envision my art to be a prescient, visual manifestation of the battle raging within, and a powerful testament to the beauty of Hope.

Recent Exhibits

Ray Paul participated in these exhibits:

Mar, 2014 Juicy Fruit
19 Karen Contemporary Artspace
 
Aug, 2010 On the Grid
Camel Art Space
 
Nov, 2009 Money Makes Art
Artformz Alternative
 
Jun, 2009 Hotter Than a Match Head
Artformz Alternative
 
Jan, 2009 Creatures
Artformz Alternative
 
Jun, 2008 "Diverse Works"
Artformz Alternative
 
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