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October 1, 2013 > The Art of Ray McGinnis

The Art of Ray McGinnis

By Mary Lunning

Experience a visual treat of fine art paintings depicting carousel horses, tree houses, landscapes, magicians, dragons, and so much more! Hayward artist Ray McGinnis will exhibit over 30 paintings at the John O'Lague Galleria in the Hayward City Hall through November 26. A reception for the artist will be held Friday, October 4.

To say that McGinnis creates unique art is an understatement. His best word of advice on drawing came from a musician friend of his who said, "start by drawing nothing and when it begins to look like something, you change it." The premise being, if you start to draw a cow, and it does not look like a cow, then you feel like you failed, but if you draw from nothing, you cannot fail. Many of his "doodlings" have indescribable creatures and settings that spring from the world of his imagination. They are often transposed onto a canvas and made into paintings.

One such painting entitled ÒExpress YourselfÓ garnered hundreds of votes to win best of show at the Alameda County Fair. It is a very large intricate painting with many figures moving in a fantasy world. McGinnis describes this painting as psychedelic.

Tree houses are another favorite subject. Some of the titles to the tree house paintings are ÒDog Tired,Ó ÒOne If By LandÓ (a ship in a tree), ÒFlood ZoneÓ (a Woodie station wagon in a tree), ÒNature's LureÓ (the inside of a boy's tree house), and ÒMorning SmokeÓ (a leprechaun smoking in his tree house).

Most of McGinnis's paintings take months to finish. His large landscapes such as ÒSunset in SedonaÓ and ÒLost in SausalitoÓ are lush with rivers, waterfalls, and trees that seem so real you feel you could step within the landscape and walk among the grass and flowers. ÒTimeless AntiquesÓ is a portrait of a young child looking in wonder at a fishbowl in an antique store. ÒNiles Canyon TrainÓ is a painting of the heritage railway running through Niles Canyon between Sunol and the Niles District of Fremont.

Join us for an amazing journey - explore the surreal world of artist Ray McGinnis.

Art by Ray McGinnis
Friday, Sept 27 - Tuesday, Nov 26
Mon Ð Fri: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Reception: Friday, Oct 4
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

John O'Lague Galleria
Hayward City Hall
777 B St., Hayward
(510) 538-2787
www.haywardarts.org









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