203 FINE ART


1335 Gusdord Rd. Suite i
Taos, NM  87571
[ 575 ]  751 - 1262  -  email: art@203fineart.com
               





 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 World War II, earned art degrees in California and Mexico, and lived in Europe for a year.  His decision to move came after being invited by Eulalia Emetaz to exhibit at La Baleria Escondida, which at the time was the place to exhibit as a modern artist.  In Taos, Earl Stroh introduced him to Helene Wurlitzer, who, to encourage him to remain, provided him with a studio-residence.  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.  He showed his work in regional and national exhibitions and sold some, but during the quiet winters of the 1950's when Taos nearly shut down economically, he was force to return to Denver for a few months of employment.  

The most frequent subjects of his early Taos oil paintings and woodcut prints were still lifes and semi-abstract landscapes.  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 in Taos, to what now is The Harwood Museum of Art.





Select the following link to view the digital catalog of works included in our past exhibition


Selected works currently in our inventory :


Images are not to scale.



"No. 1", watercolor  & gouache on paper - 1995
  22" H x 22" W





"Genesis III", oil on linen - 1962
  14" H x 44" W





"Struggle Towards Spring", watercolor  & gouache on paper
  22.25" H x 22" W





"No. 5", watercolor  & gouache on paper - 1995
  22.125" H x 22.125" W





"No. 3", watercolor  on heavy paper - 1995
  22.25" H x 22" W





"No. 4, watercolor  & gouache on paper - 2000
  7.875" H x 7.875" W





"No. 23", watercolor  on heavy paper - 1995
  10.875" H x 10.875" W





"Florentine Skyline", oil on canvas - 1955
  12" H x 18" W





"Barred Brilliance", watercolor - 1964
  10.5" H x 14.25" W





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





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





"Reflections on Lake Powell XXVII", oil on mounted linen - c. 1970s
  9" H x 9" W





"Winter Taos XVI", oil on linen mounted on masonite -  crica 1970's
  9" H x 9" W





"Winter Taos XVII", oil on linen mounted on masonite -  crica 1970's
  9" H x 9" W





"Winter Taos XVIII", oil on linen mounted on masonite -  crica 1970's
  9" H x 9" W





"Baja Springtime Green III", watercolor
  11" H x 11" W





"Shape of Random Joy VIII", wood
  15.5" L x 14" H x 3" D





"Parched Pebble", manufactured metal on wood - 1971
  26" L x 6" H x 6.75" D





"Cut Out Autumn", watercolor on paper - 1995
  21.5" H x 21.5" W - SOLD





"August", Liquitex on board - 1968
  20.75" H x 23.5" W - SOLD





"Dust Devil", oil on masonite - 1957
  8" H x 18" W -  SOLD





"Taos Sun Spider", oil on linen - 1977
  44" H x 50" W - SOLD





"Reflections Lake Powell #3", oil on masonite - 1976
  9" H x 9" W - SOLD





"Reflections Lake Powell #22", oil on linen mounted on masonite - 1976
  9" H x 9" W - SOLD





"Carpe Diem #5", oil on linen mounted on masonite -  crica 1970's
  9" H x 9" W - SOLD





"Dried Wild Rose Hips", oil on canvas - 1958
  24" H x 28" W - SOLD