Pin It

Ray Donley: New Paintings, Old Obsessions 

Dark, brooding and imprinted with a luminous patina of the ages, these paintings at first suggest Dutch or Spanish baroque portraits. Look again, and there's an almost pop quality about them. Ray Donley's haunted visages appear to transcend time, as if figures from European history during and after the Renaissance had somehow been reborn as French Quarter street performers. Who are these people? Donley says they are "solitary itinerants who comprise what I term 'los bien perdidos' or 'the lost ones.' With their suggestions of silence, solitude, reverie and even madness, they evoke aspects of our more reflective and darker states. By tapping into these states, I seek to create an art that, while seemingly possessing a Renaissance or Baroque pedigree, is itself rich with its own mythic and symbolic potential." -- D. Eric Bookhardt

Through March 30

Gallery Bienvenu, 518 Julia St., 525-0518;

click to enlarge art_rec-13073.jpeg
Pin It


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Submit an event Jump to date

Latest in Art Review

Spotlight Events

  • 4000 Miles @ Ashe Cultural Arts Center
    1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.

    • Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 30, 2 p.m. Continues through Nov. 5
  • The Toxic Avenger @ The Theatre at St. Claude
    2240 St. Claude Ave.

    • Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m., Sun., Oct. 30, 8 p.m. and Mon., Oct. 31, 8 p.m. Continues through Oct. 28
  • The Illusionists @ Saenger Theatre
    1111 Canal St.

    • Through Oct. 30
  • Close Me Out @ Hi-Ho Lounge
    2239 St. Claude Ave.

    • First Saturday of every month
  • St. Claude Second Saturdays @ St. Claude Arts District
    2820 St. Claude Ave.

    • Second Saturday of every month
    • 4 going/interested

© 2016 Gambit
Powered by Foundation