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Last update: Tuesday Nov 2, 2021
REBECCA C. GRAY
Rebecca Catherine Gray is an artist living and working in Vancouver, Washington. She is primarily self-taught in the classical realist tradition, exploring ways of seeing and expressing the intrinsic beauty of the created world.
Rebecca began her immersive study of classicism in art history classes at Olivet Nazarene University, researching the philosophies and methods of the Pre-Raphaelites, Romantics, and Dutch and Flemish masters. These studies revealed a lineage of craftsmanship that is still taught today. With such inspiration, Rebecca focused exclusively on classical realism since her undergrad studies.
Her adherence to classic realist methods sets her work apart from other contemporary still life and figurative artists. Her canvases are painted from life using controlled light and strict academic drawing methods. Intense, lifelike impressions of diverse subjects are the result of her deliberate compositions, countless hours of active seeing, and methodical, meticulous paint application.
Primary resources for her methods include Charles Bargue, Jean-Léon Gérôme, Harold Speed, and Solomon Joseph Solomon. Rebecca has studied masterworks at the Vatican Museums, the Uffizi Gallery, the Chicago Art Institute, and the British Museum. She attended a sight-size figure drawing workshop with Jura Bedic at the Florence Academy of Art and a semester of drawing study at the Gage Academy in Seattle under Juliette Aristides.
Rebecca’s current series explores natural chromatic representation in contrast with controlled chiaroscuro modeling. Familiar forms of coffee cups and fruit emerge from atmospheric shadows into the light. The cascading arrangements venture to tumble towards the viewer.
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