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Washington Wines - Photorealism
Ray Pelley "Washington Wines" New Paintings
Ray Pelley
November 10, 2010 - December 5, 2010
6:00 -8:00pm
Why?  Thatís the usual question.  Why do these paintings.  The answer is usually pretty complicated, but I had several reasons.  Here are a few:

Artistic influences.  The pop artists Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstien and Jasper Johns all had an influence on these pieces.  Of course, most of the pop art everyone is familiar with is far more graphic than my style, but they  deal with similar popular imagery.  Warhol used products (Campbell soup, Brillo Soap Pads, etc.) in his imagery.  Iíve chosen popular products for these images.   Johns chose beer as an icon of his times.
Iíve chosen wine.  And Lichtenstein used the media to relay his message.
Iíve chosen the pervasive media imagery of popular advertising to reflect on our culture.

But obviously not in the graphic style of the pop artists.

I was also influenced by the photorealists, such as Richard Estes and Chuck Close.  I enjoyed Estes for his mundane yet brilliant approach.  His paintings of reflections in glass were superb.  Close approached his work through portraiture.  I think my work has a similar feel.  Even though it is similar to a still life, it has elements of portraiture within the composition.

In my earlier paintings I have been influenced by the surrealists, such as Salvador Dali, Paul Klee, and Joan Miro.  Much of my earlier work dealt with the use of symbols and symbolism as artistic expression.  Wine is resplendent with symbolism.  Red wine in particular has spiritual, sexual, bacchanal, celebratory and other symbolic meanings.  Just as wine itself is deep and complex, wine symbolism is deep and varied, and appealing to the artist as a nonverbal communicative device.

These artistic influences are in the work and they lead me to define my work as a kind of Pop Realism.

I also chose these images because they reminded me of many varied and pleasurable experiences in which wine has played an important part:  Shared times with friends, celebrations and anniversaries, vacations and events that I have experienced.  Many of these occasions have been accompanied by the pleasure of the grape.

Additionally, I enjoy a glass of wine and I enjoy painting.  What better than to combine these two pleasures.  So - with wine in hand, a toast to wine, and its influence on our lives and culture.  Cheers!


          
The Pour - Columbia Winery
24 x 24 Inches  Oil on Canvas
$ 6500 US
T(w)o Friends - Whidbey Island Winery
24 x 24 Inches  Oil on Canvas
$ 6500 US
A Fine Red - Challenger Ridge
24 x 24 Inches  Oil on Canvas
$ 6500 US
A Taste While Waiting - Mathews Estate
24 x 24 Inches  Oil on Canvas
$ 6500 US
The Tasting Room - Brian Carter Cellars
24 x 24 Inches  Oil on Canvas
$ 6500 US
Anticipation - Adams Bench Winery
24 x 24 Inches  Oil on Canvas
$ 6500 US
Through a Glass - William Church Winery
24 x 24 Inches  Oil on Canvas
$ 6500 US
Innovations - Dusted Valley Vintners
24 x 24 Inches  Oil on Canvas
$ 6500 US
Breathing Room - Piety Flats Winery
24 x 24 Inches  Oil on Canvas
$ 6500 US
Le Grand - Chaleur Estate 1999 DeLille Cellars
24 x 24 Inches  Oil on Canvas
$ 6500 US
1973 Mouton with Glass
30 x 30 Inches  Oil on Canvas
$ 6250 USD
Red "Herring"
36 x 36 Inches  Oil on Canvas
$ 8000 USD
Opus One
30 x 30 Inches  Oil on Canvas
$ 6250 USD
Cosmic Cosmo
18 x 18 Inches  Oil on Canvas
$ 4000 US
Bliss
30 x 16 Inches  Oil on Canvas
$ 5000 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
Made in Manhatten
18 x 18 Inches  Oil on Canvas
$ 4000 US
Uncorked
18 x 18 Inches  Oil on Canvas
$ 4000 US
With Friends
18 x 18 Inches  Oil on Canvas
$ 4000 US
To Share
18 x 18 Inches  Oil on Canvas
$ 4000 US
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