Ray Hare will show his latest paintings and limited edition prints at Desert Art Collection.
Realism takes on new dimension through the eyes of this artist. Hare’s paintings are photo realism but his art goes beyond realistic likeness. In his work the larger than life close-ups are depicted with all their infinite color and details. It is as if he held a magnifying glass up to his subject and painted what he saw. What Mr. Hare captures as a result is a new reality. His unique vision through enlarged images and illusions is shared through paintings that grasp the essence of his subjects. The emotional impact of each painting confronts and challenges us to view reality with renewed emotion. He incorporates conceptual studies with practical mastery of fine art, testing each image and medium to its limit. The subjects seem so real we believe we can reach out and touch them.
A native Californian, Ray has expressed himself through art at an early age. In high school he won numerous state and national competitions. He received a full scholarship to California College of Arts and Crafts where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with High Distinction. Ray then went to San Francisco State University to receive his Masters of Fine Art.
Ray’s art has been shown in numerous museums including San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, DeYoung Museum, Oakland Museum, Crocker Kingsley Art Museum and the Los Angeles Art Institute. Many prominent corporations and institutions have added his work to their collections. He was commissioned by ABC to paint a portrait of Oprah Winfrey for her private collection and by NBC to paint a portrait of Elizabeth Taylor for her private collection. Fox Network commissioned him to paint a portrait of Ray Charles for his and Ray Charles Jr's private collection. Ray is in numerous private collections through out the United States and Europe.
Ray Hare's work is featured at Desert Art Collection continuing through April 30th.
Image shown: Make it Rain, Acrylic on canvas, 60x72"
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