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Ray Donley: Recent Paintings

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A popular painter inspired by Baroque portraiture, Ray Donley occupies a unique niche in contemporary art. While much of his work recalls something of Rembrandt's augustly brooding figures emerging into dim, golden light from the shadows of the ages, there are also occasional masked figures evoking the whimsical eloquence of carnival in Venice. Donley says: 'The subjects of my fictional portraits are the solitary itinerants who, together, comprise what I term "los bien perdidos,' or "the lost ones.' With their suggestions of silence, solitude, reverie " and even madness " these paintings are meant to evoke aspects of our more reflective (and sometimes darker) states. By tapping into these introspective states, I seek above all 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 Feb. 23

Gallery Bienvenu, 518 Julia St., 525-0518; www.gallerybienvenu.com

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