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Ray Strong Waterhouse Gallery



Thunder Clouds
12 x 12
Oil on Board $2900

Hand Carved frame 22K gold leaf on fillet

Click on image to view larger without frame

Ray Strong
1905-2006

Ray Strong was born in Corvallis, Oregon in 1905.

Strong began painting plein air with Clyde Keller of Portland
while still in high school.

Strong's passion for art led him to enroll in the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco (today's San Francisco Fine Arts Institute).

Ray then went on to study with Frank Vincent DuMond at
the Art Students League in New York.

In the early 1930s, Ray returned to San Francisco where
he helped organize the Art Students League of San Francisco.

Ray studied and taught with Maynard Dixon (1879-1938),
Frank Van Sloun (1879-1938) and George Post (1906-1997) eventually opening an Artist's Cooperative Gallery.

In the Depression Ray painted murals for the WPA and some
of these 1930s paintings are in the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

In 1960, Ray and his wife Elizabeth, moved to Santa Barbara, California. He was commissioned to paint the backgrounds to dioramas "The birds and the banks" in the Bird Hall of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. He also created some paintings for local banks.

Until his death in 2006, Ray Strong was recognized as one of the leaders of the preservationist painters collective known as the "The Oak Group" in Santa Barbara County.


Please call 805-962-8885 or email us art@waterhousegallery.com For more details.

 

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