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Alan Bray Art

American, b. 1946

Alan Bray was born in Waterville, Maine, on January 12, 1946, but he grew up in Monson, a small slate-quarrying town set in the northern reaches of the Appalachians. It was here, hiking and camping with liked-minded childhood friends, that he began to exercise his natural inquisitiveness as a tool for building woods-craft. In these rugged foothills, ever alive with the turning of the seasons yet always plainly bearing the imprint of eons-old geologic upheaval, Bray learned to find his way around in a world of enigmatic signs and divergent trails. Unwittingly, before ever picking up a brush, he developed the sensibilities of a landscape painter by developing sensitivities to the relationships between the living and the ancient land on which life depends.

Later, when Bray decided to study art formally, he enrolled in the Art Institute of Boston, where he first felt the appeal of image-making as a way of understanding the world. Three years of studio work revealed the need for a more traditional approach to the discipline of painting, one informed by the broader range of a liberal education, a revelation that prompted Bray to enroll at the University of Southern Maine, from which he graduated in 1971. While this education was in many ways a success – particularly in the way it engendered literacies in fields outside the fine arts – it was nevertheless incomplete: well-prepared now for the next leg of the journey, Bray traveled to Florence to study at Villa Schifanoia Graduate School of Fine Arts.

Villa Schifanoia, Florence, the Italian Renaissance held many treasures and gave freely to a painter who was now mature enough in his art to receive them. Including a new medium and a new physical structure for his paintings –tempera on panel. The technical challenges of this medium, the necessary adjustments in craft, and the limitations of scale favored, and inspired, someone of a practical as well as a visionary intelligence.

Bray paints in casein, a milk-based tempera that has virtually no drying time. Necessarily, his paintings are technically complex because they consist of thousands of tiny brush strokes, built up in layers, out of which the images – the vision – advance from the foundation of a mirror-smooth, absolute void of white ground. It is a method of painting that follows directly from his method of exploring his subjects.

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Artist: Alan Bray
Clearing Off, contemporary Impressionist casein landscape painting
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Alan Bray’s landscape paintings of his native, central Maine explore the ever-ebbing dynamic between nature and humanity. His paintings capture an asymmetrical pas de deux. Painted w...
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Winter Spruce, Impressionist casein Maine winter landscape painting, 2018
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A Rise, blue and green casein on panel impressionist waterscape painting, 2004
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2010s American Impressionist Alan Bray Art

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Alan Bray, January Thaw, casein on panel landscape painting, 2016
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Located in New York, NY
The weather has just begun to thaw from the deep cold of winter in this Maine landscape scene. Melted water on top of the ice makes a reflective surface and seeps into tracks left by...
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2010s Contemporary Alan Bray Art

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Dri-Ki, blue and green Casein on panel Maine landscape painting, 2015
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Alan Bray paints landscape scenes in his native Maine using casein tempera paint on wood panel. Bray is fascinated by man-made structures in the wilderness disintegrating as the land...
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Alan Bray, Pond Margin, Casein on panel landscape painting, 2010
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Terrain Vague, green Casein Maine landscape painting, 2015
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