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Alan Douglas Ray, SCA, PhD, OSA

I am a classically-trained, traditional oil painter based in Toronto with a passion for portraiture, figures, landscapes, and still life. Inspired by the Old Masters, my paintings tend to depict quiet, private places with an air of mystery and intrigue.

I describe my painting style as classical realism, a form of representational art that exhibits a preference for order, beauty, harmony and completeness, and the representation of nature based on direct observation using traditional methods.

I've never been good at card tricks, but I can claim some skill in creating optical illusions with paint on a flat surface. If for a fleeting moment, viewers feel they are in the presence of the model, or could touch the objects in a still life, or smell the air in a landscape, then I know the illusion has worked and I feel a deep satisfaction.

Fine art and art history are my life-long passions. My first professional group exhibition was in 1983 in my home town of Waterloo, Ontario,  at age 19. Commissioned portraits in watercolour helped to subsidize my university studies. In April 2004, I started formal training at the Academy of Realist Art (ARA) in Toronto, where I learned the secrets of old master drawing and painting. I graduated in September 2013 and have been a full-time professional artist since June 2015.  

In recent years, I have taken workshops with acclaimed Canadian artists Juan Martinez, Matthew Mancini, Ryan Gauvin, Roumen Kirinkov, and Robert Bateman. Most recently, I studied advanced techniques in colour mixing under American master Graydon Parrish, classical portraiture with Teresa Oaxaca, and red chalk figure drawing with Robert Liberace. 

I also travel to the annual conferences of the Portrait Society of America and the Figurative Art Convention & Expo (FACE) to observe some of the world’s best portrait artists at work.

 I'm an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists (CSA), the Ontario Society of Artists (OSA), the Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA), Oil Painters of America (OPA), and the International Guild of Realism (IGOR), among others. 

I have studios in Toronto, Haliburton and Key West Florida.

Website: https://www.alandouglasray.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alandouglasray/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alandouglasrayfineartstudio/

YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_e7nbcFXgMwovkV72YtkTQ

Email: info@alandouglasray.com

 

 

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