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Oliver Ray

Oliver Ray

"His work has been sold to collectors as far away as India, Australia, Great Britian and The Philippines. From golf tournaments to music festivals and branding for organic coffee, the copyright to Oliver Ray’s art is also in demand. And while his audience grows, this emerging artist continues to explore new subject matter from his studio on Prince Edward Island.Canadian artist, Oliver Ray, painting outdoors.

Oliver William Ray was born on the last day of summer in Winnipeg, Manitoba . As the youngest of four siblings, he became a keen observer. With an extensive library to complement the family’s eclectic art collection, the young “student” was immersed in Fine Arts from the beginning.

The most immediate and constant images in his life were of art. His uncle, now an internationally renowned illustrator, was busy studying Fine Arts in France. George Ray, Oliver’s Grandfather, was a commercial artist in the advertising department of the Hudson’s Bay Company. His Great Grandfather, also named George, wrote plays and novels (most notably the adventure romance “Kasba”, published in 1915). And Oliver’s Great Aunt Joy, who studied at the Ontario School of Art, was an accomplished landscape painter (as was her second husband). Each of these relatives added to the family’s extensive collection of works and greatly influenced Ray’s first creative impulses.

After an adventurous trip to Hong Kong and Australia, the young artist enrolled at the University of Northern British Columbia. There he was elected President of the school’s student association and became the first person to receive a Northern Studies degree in Canada. Like his great grandfather, a Conservative member of the Manitoba government, Oliver represented the Progressive Conservatives in the 2000 federal election- a campaign that became the federal party's last stand.

The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, inspired Oliver to join the Canadian Armed Forces, where he was commissioned an officer. A year later, he married his sweetheart, Christie Lee Westman in a small Anglican church in the tiny community of Quick, BC. Their honeymoon was a backwoods trip through northern BC to Alaska.

Artist Oliver Ray and his wife Christie.After his stint in the Military, Ray was hired by the Deputy Premier of British Columbia (and Minister of Health Services) to be her representative in the largely rural riding of Prince George – Mount Robson. At the same time, Christie developed her business acumen working for several large firms in forestry and economic development. Her skills would prove invaluable when the couple succeeded in making art a fulltime endeavour.

In 2010 Oliver and Christie fulfilled a long standing dream and moved their young (and growing) family to a small village on Prince Edward Island. They bought a 100 year old church and converted it into a home and studio. Oliver continues to spend his days painting while Christie manages their business affairs and makes art connections on a truly global scale."

Gabe Larson

Gabe Larson

American artist

(sorry no biography ...)

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Roxana Halls

Roxana Halls

1974 Born,
Plaistow, London

"...Roxana Halls is a largely self-taught artist and has, for several years, made her studio in the disused bar of a 1930s London theatre, now a bingo hall.

Her solo exhibition, SHADOW PLAY, was held at Hayhill Gallery, Cork Street, London, in November 2011.
'ROXANA HALLS' TINGLE - TANGLE' was exhibited at the National Theatre, South Bank, London in 2009.

In 2010 she was joint winner of the Founder's Purchase Prize in the Discerning Eye show, and she was the winner of Pride in the House at Lauderdale House, where she held her prize winning show 'TINGLE-TANGLE & OTHER TALES' in 2011. In 2004 she was the winner of the Villiers David Prize, and in 2001 she received the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award.

She has had four successful solo exhibitions at the Beaux Arts Gallery in Bath, her work has been exhibited in numerous group shows both in the U.K. and California, including the National Portrait Gallery's B.P. Portrait Award, The National Open Art Competition, The Royal Society of Portrait Painters, The Discerning Eye, The Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Competition, The Hunting Art Prize, The Garrick Milne Prize & Art Moorhouse. also regular group shows with Beaux Arts & Hayhill Galleries, both in Bath and at the London Art Fair, and her work has been shown alongside artists such as Maggi Hambling, John Kirby & Lindsay Seers.

Commissions include Alan Grieve CBE, Chairman of the Jerwood Foundation and John Simopoulos, Emeritus Professor, St. Catherine's College Oxford.

Her work is in many public and private collections in the UK and internationally, including The Discerning Eye Collection, St. Catherine's College Oxford, Brian Sewell, Katherine Parkinson & Kelly-Anne Lyons."

Laura Mavers

Laura Mavers

"Nació en Mendoza, Argentina en 1977. En 1995 se traslada a Córdoba donde reside hasta 2007. Vivió en México DF y en Barcelona durante 2008, donde dictó clases de dibujo y pintura dentro del ámbito privado (en el CADJ) y de forma particular en Barcelona.

Pintora y dibujante de estilo figurativo. Se formó en la Universidad Nacional de Córdoba como Licenciada en Pintura. Actualmente cursa el Posgrado en Gestón Cultural, patrimonio y turismo sustentable en la Fundación José Ortega y Gasset Argentina.

Ilustradora de la Agencia, Madrid, España. Participó de numerosas muestras individuales y colectivas desde 1999, así como de Ferias Nacionales y de carácter internacional como la Feria Arte Córdoba en las Ediciones 1999 y 2000, Arte BA 2004, Feria Arte Clásica Ediciones 2006 y 2007. Recibió premios en varios Salones de Pintura (mas reciente 2011 Primer premio artista Región de Cuyo Salón Nacional de Pintura Antonio Berni SAAP) Efectuó Clínica de Obra con maestros de la plástica nacional como Ernesto Pesce (asesor de tesis) y Mariano Sapia.
Actualmente es Docente de la Cátedra de Dibujo I de la carrera de Cerámica en la Universidad Nacional de Cuyo y Docente de Dibujo I en el Instituto Superior de Formación TyD 09-030 - Profesorado de Artes Visuales."


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