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Ray Paul

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20170923195733-swamped
Swamped, 2017 Acrylic, Latex, Enamel, Metal, Plastic, Pvc On Canvas 30" X 40" X 4" © Ray Paul
20170909211027-black_eye
Black Eye, 2017 Acrylic, Latex, Enamel On Canvas 24" X 48" © Ray Paul
20170904144501-point
Point, 2017 Acrylic, Latex, Enamel On Canvas 4(24" X 36") © Ray Paul
20170904144320-counterpoint
Counterpoint, 2017 Acrylic, Latex, Enamel On Canvas 3(30" X 40") © Ray Paul
20170920140412-ovoid
Ovoid, 2016 Acrylic, Latex, Enamel On Canvas 36" X 36" © Ray Paul
20170920140435-whorl
Whorl, 2016 Acrylic, Latex, Enamel On Canvas 20" X 20" © Ray Paul
20170920140445-whirl
Whirl, 2016 Acrylic, Latex, Enamel On Canvas 2(30" X 48") © Ray Paul
20170920140450-round
Round, 2016 Acrylic, Latex, Enamel On Canvas 24" X 24" © Ray Paul
20170920140705-spin
Spin, 2016 Acrylic, Latex, Enamel On Canvas 36" X 36" © Ray Paul
20170621141039-sputnik
Sputnik, 2016 Acrylic, Latex, Enamel On Canvas 36" X 48" © Ray Paul
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Cleveland, OH
Birth year
1962
Lives in
Tampa, FL
Works in
Tampa FL
Schools
University of Cincinnati, 1991, M.F.A. In Painting
Florida State University, 1986, B.S. In Biology
Representing galleries
Tags
mixed-media, conceptual, surrealism, modern, digital
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.

Ray was diagnosed with a high-grade myxofibrosarcoma in 2011. He is currently a patient at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL. He has undergone multiple surgeries, several courses of radiation, chemotherapy and a clinical trial. He mounted a collaborative exhibition, entitled "My Sarcoma," in the Healing Arts Gallery at Moffitt Cancer Center, curated by the University Of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum in 2013. This exhibit illuminated his experiences as an artist and cancer patient. He recently collaborated with his Pathologist at Moffitt, Dr. Marilyn Bui, on the book, "The Healing Art Of Pathology," CAP Press. This journey has led Ray to a greater understanding and appreciation of his work. He envisions his art to be a prescient, visual manifestation of the battle raging within, and a powerful testament to the beauty of Hope.