Is That a Painting or a Photo? The Photorealism of Ray Hare

[caption id="attachment_755" align="aligncenter" width="480"] "Running Water" by Ray Hare, 50"x70"[/caption]

By Sue Pederson

Ray Hare is a painter of infinite color and detail with a unique vision through enlarged images and illusions.  His subjects seem so real we believe we can reach out and touch them. His style is photo realism but his art goes beyond the realistic likeness.  The emotional impact of each painting confronts and challenges us to view reality with renewed emotions.

[caption id="attachment_756" align="aligncenter" width="480"] "The Big Apple" by Ray Hare, 50"x50".[/caption]

A native Californian, Ray Hare has expressed himself through art since an early age.  In high school he won numerous state and national competitions. He received a full scholarship to the 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.

[caption id="attachment_759" align="aligncenter" width="411"] "I Like it Wet" by Ray Hare, 52"x60"[/caption]

Ray is based in Orange County, California.  His art has been shown in numerous museums including San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, De Young Museum, Oakland Museum, Crocker Kingsley Art Museum and the Los Angeles Art Institute.  He was commissioned by ABC to paint a portrait of Oprah Winfrey for her private collection. He was also commissioned by NBC to paint a portrait of Elizabeth Taylor for her private collection and by Fox network to paint a portrait of Ray Charles for him and his son Ray Charles Jr.’s private collection.

[caption id="attachment_760" align="aligncenter" width="480"] "Why Should we Stay" by Ray Hare, 50"x70"[/caption]

We are delighted each morning to walk into the gallery and see Ray’s astonishing works.

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