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Ray Paul.

Ray Paul began drawing and painting as a young boy, so art has always been a part of his life. Animals and images from National Geographic Magazine were his early subjects.


Growing up in Ohio, dreams of Florida and all things tropical helped him survive the dreary winters and infused his palette with saturated hues. This, and a fascination with science, led him to Florida State University where he received a bachelor of science in biology in 1986. Returning to his first love, art, Paul earned his master's degree in fine arts in painting from the University of Cincinnati in 1991.

Paul currently resides in Tampa, Fla., where he maintains a studio. His work is a synthesis of life experiences and a desire to illuminate the subconscious. Elements of abstract expressionism, surrealism, pop art, and biology all combine and intertwine, creating his unique style of abstract painting. Each work is an experiment, as different paints mix and swirl, with meticulous layering providing the final touch.

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"I believe the creative process must be preceded by some primordial urge, some instinctive need. Ibis is followed by the desire to reach a state of child-like innocence, and thus the condition of the primal shaman. In this uninhibited emotional realm, the seed of a work of art is created. This seed is fertilized by the subconscious and brought to the embryonic level. Here, the conscious attains control, nurturing and developing the embryo into maturation. The result of this process is a work of art.

"The artist must be in tune with his or her true self, the subconscious, contemporary society, the vast history of art and civilization, and the wonderful complexities of the chosen medium."

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Title Annotation:Trend SETTERS; painters
Publication:Art Business News
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U5FL
Date:Jan 1, 2011
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