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Still-lifes: Red Snapper, Cezanne, Van Gogh
 
Art review of acrylic still-life paintings. "...there have been only a few (still-life) paintings (in recent years) that reflect a genuine concern for both the tradition and the challenges of this form of art. Don Gray’s 'Red Snapper, Cezanne and Van Gogh' is one of these. It is very large, boldly and sumptuously painted, and it commands the viewer’s attention in an altogether forthright manner. It is also carefully and shrewdly composed, and it takes full advantage of each object’s shape, volume, texture and color to build a thoroughly monumental image in the grand tradition of still-life painting."
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"This is the kind of picture earlier artists produced to establish their right to be called ‘master.’ It is a diploma piece that proves this painter’s worth, and that pays tribute to two past masters of still-life, Cezanne and Van Gogh, whose paintings can be seen in the open book at the center of this composition. It also is a statement directed at today’s art world and its foibles and trivialities by a man who is not only a painter but a writer, an art critic, and a producer of a television program on art as well. As such, it has a point to make about artistic quality, integrity and truth, and makes it directly and well — by example rather than by painterly polemics or exhortation."
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Don Gray: Red Snapper, Cezanne and Van Gogh: acrylic, 68 x 95
 
"For this still-life, I walked around the house picking up items that instinctively appealed to me. Jessie bought the fish at a market. This still-life, at least as wide as the 8-foot painting, was set up on a table in the studio. Like many smaller still-lifes, I hung fabric behind it, velvet, in this case. The design of the painting obviously evolved from the nature of the set up. After the painting was well under way, and, in some instances, after completion, I became aware that what I had created was a painting with a central design axis, whose essence seemed a kind of 'altar' with a 'holy' light shining on a platter of tomatoes and limes, an 'offering' to Cezanne and Van Gogh (in the book). Jessie, semi-jokingly, remarked that the fish were us...although we're not sure which one is which. But, symbolically speaking, I think she is right. We have indeed spent ourselves in our dedication to art."
 
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