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Ray Pelley
Ray Pelley "Alternative Realism"
Ray Pelley   
Wednesday September 14, 2016 - Saturday October 8, 2016
6:00 -8:00

     Held over to our Front Window Gallery! Don't miss the newest works by Ray Pelley.

Pelley has been an integral part of the gallery and regular exhibitor since the early 1990's where he has developed an loyal and supportive following.

Known primarily as a Photorealist painter, Pelley's subject matter of the past has spanned wine, toys and urban landscapes with a slight surreal bend to his paintings. His interesting perspectives and remarkable reflections have proved the test of time by delighting collectors for over a quarter of a century.


This year Pelley takes on photorealism from an alternative perspective with his new works in "Alternative Realism".

Taking artistic liberties from photographs, Pelley converts the hard edge and percise visual dialogue of a photo and manipulates the hues, shades and tints into over saturated colors with enhanced light and shadows to create a new and intense subject matter, all the while still being a photo.

As with all of Pelley's surreal - photorealism, these new works also challenge the viewer with perspective, subject matter and color.

Photorealism is the genre of painting based on making a painting of a photograph. The term is primarily applied to paintings from the United States photorealism art movement that began in the late 1960s, early 1970s. More recently, a splinter art movement called hyperrealism has developed.

Photorealist painting cannot exist without the photograph. In Photorealism, change and movement must be frozen in time which must then be accurately represented by the artist.
  
Photorealists gather their imagery and information with the camera and photograph. Once the photograph is developed (usually digitally now) the artist will systematically transfer the image from the digital image onto canvases. Pelley uses a grid techniques to accurately transfer the photo image to the canvas.  The resulting images are often direct copies of the original photograph but are usually larger than the original photograph or digital image.

This results in the photorealist style being tight and precise, often with an emphasis on imagery that requires a high level of technical prowess and virtuosity to simulate, such as reflections in specular surfaces and the geometric rigor of man-made environs.

Pelley's "Alternative Realism" captures the manipulated photograph rather than that reflected by the normal eye.

As an artist, Pelley states; "I hope to project an inner vision of the psychic and personal experiences of my individual existence in an aesthetic creation that enables those experiences to be generally recognized within the framework of humanity and an ideal world.

While it would be possible for me to express my personal reasons and understanding of the images I create, I would prefer not to. Art is nonverbal in its communicative form and I believe a more powerful method of communication because of its nonverbal nature. This is not to say, however, that I would not expect a verbal or intellectual response to my work. Rather, I hope that it would touch the psychic energies of my audience in a way that they might somehow respond to their own inner vision of the world and humanity".  
          

Backstreet Blues
16 x 20 Inches  Oil on Canvas
$ 1075 US
Right Here, Right Now
36 x 48 Inches  Oil on Canvas
$ 3600 US
Pastel Paradise
24 x 30 Inches  Oil on Canvas
$ 2150 US
Jammin'
16 x 20 Inches  Oil on Canvas
$ 1075 US
Driveway Dreamin'
16 x 20 Inches  Oil on Canvas
$ 1075 US
Avenue Queue
24 x 30 Inches  Oil on Canvas
$ 2150 US
Residential Row
24 x 30 Inches  Oil on Canvas
$ 2150 US
Marine View
24 x 30 Inches  Oil on Canvas
$ 2150 US
Downtown
24 x 30 Inches  Oil on Canvas
$ 2150 US
Interurban
24 x 30 Inches  Oil on Canvas
$ 2150 US
The Pour - Columbia Winery
24 x 24 Inches  Oil on Canvas
$ 6500 US
Lemon Drop and Shaker
12 x 12 Inches  Oil on Canvas
$ 2000 US
Island Blue Martini
24 x 12 Inches  Oil on Canvas
$ 3850 US
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