Rosendale Café, Rosendale, NY April 2010
Art Society of Kingston, NY July 2010
Kingston Central Library, Kingston, NY Dec 2010
Half Moon Book Store, Kingston, NY April 2010
Hudson Catskill Bank, Kingston, NY April 2010
Esopus Library, Duck Pond Gallery, Port Ewen, NY Feb 2011
Clearwater Home Port Center, Kingston, NY June 2013
Hudson River Maritime Museum, Kingston, NY June-Oct 2013
Mid Hudson River Federal Credit Union, Kingston, NY Sept-Dec 2014
Artist Residency and Show, Victoria County Creates
Baddeck, Nova Scotia, Canada October 2016
Selected Group Shows
Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY 2007-2009
(Best in Show Award, 2007; Merit Award, 2008)
Woodstock School of Art, Banks of the Hudson Show Aug–Sept 2009
(Winner: Richard Segalman Award)
Mid-Hudson River Mall, Kingston, Art at the Mall June 2011–Ongoing
River Center, Beacon, NY. The Great Hudson River Exhibition Sept 2011
North East Watercolor Society, Annual Show, Kent, Connecticut Oct 2011
North East Watercolor Society, Members Show, June 2012
Orange County Com. College (Winner: Excellence Award)
Art Along the Hudson, 10th Anniversary Show, Coldspring, NY May 2013
Art Foray at Mohonk Mountain House, Gardner, NH Dec 2014
Fine Home Source Show, Paintout and Show, Millbrook, NY Sept 2014
Art Foray at Mohonk Mountain House, Gardner, NY March 2015
Art Society of Kingston, NY. Seeing Red Feb 2016
The Wired Gallery, High Falls, NY, The Shirt Factory Artists May 2016
The Lace Mill, Kingston, NY, Unity Art Show May, 2017
For me the use of watercolor as a medium is an ideal choice that feels like a natural extension of myself. Its spontaneous qualities of transparency and viscosity produce a result which seems like an expression of mind and spirit. To preserve those qualities of watercolor is a tremendous challenge, which requires a long period of almost scientific observation as to how the medium actually ‘behaves’ (unlike other mediums which to me seem inert). The process of painting itself requires entering into an interactive dialogue with that behavior, as one proceeds with intentions and approximate directions which must continuously be altered during the process. Specific and detailed depictions or renderings are ill-suited to this medium which more naturally supports the kind of flow and transitional qualities associated with memory and dreams.
Major influences started with Winslow Homer and Andrew Wyeth both primarily from my home state of Maine but later John Singer Sargent and many others joined the rostrum of influences. My work situates itself somewhere between impressionistic and expressionistic but seems to be evolving all the time as I explore new ideas. My favorite settings include everything maritime from the coast of Maine to the Hudson River; urban scenes from both this country and abroad; and special festive events and settings like fairs and farmers markets.
Exploring and capturing the energy of the settings which interest me while emphasizing the power of the here and now is my journey and it is my pleasure to invite you to share it with me through my work.
Ray was born and brought up in the state of Maine. He has had a successful career as a professional urban and environmental planner, designer and teacher in this country, Europe and Latin America. His principal interest was with the relationship of the physical environment and people’s experience, to this extent he approached the visual world as a language of use and feeling. This is the topic of a book he wrote called Architecture and the Urban Experience published by Van Nostrand Reinhold in New York.
Art has been an avocation and obsession throughout his life and became a full time second career in recent years. Beyond various drawing and painting courses in college Ray studied art in New York City at the Art Student League and Parsons School of Design. He later also studied at the Woodstock School of Art.
After living and working in Europe and New York City for decades Ray moved ‘up river’ to the Mid-Hudson area and to Kingston where he worked in an old converted factory (The Shirt Factory) which is exclusively dedicated to artist and craftsman. Now he works in his own studio in Olivebridge, NY where he has his home. Since 2009 he has had solo shows in numerous venues including the Arts Society of Kingston, the Hudson River Maritime Museum, and the Clearwater Home Port Center in Kingston, as well as being in several group and juried shows in the Mid-Hudson region. He has been the recipient of various awards for his work.
Ray is a founding member and vice president of the Kingston Midtown Arts District in Kingston, NY. (www.madkingston.org)
PUBLICATIONS & MEDIA COVERAGE
“The Kayaking Artist” Almanac Weekly, Nov. 2014, RCurranAlmanacArticle.pdf
“Occupy Wallstreet” used for cover of Stories from the Other Side; Pearson, 2014
New Paltz Times, May 23, 2013, “Rondout Creek Paintings” by Ray Curran
“Creating Art in the Shirt Factory” Kingston Life, April 2013, Kingston Life_RCurran2.jpg
Hudson Valley Biz, July 10, 2010, “Natural and Man-Made: An Artist’s Interpretation”
“Cape Breton State of Mind: New York’s Ray Curran is artist in residence", Victoria Standard, October 11, 2016
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