Alan Ray


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Alan is an academy-trained, traditional oil painter with a passion for still life, portraiture, and figures.

His paintings tend to depict quiet, private places with an air of mystery and intrigue. He describes his style as classical realism, a form of representational art that exhibits a preference for order, beauty, harmony and completeness, and the representation of nature based on direct observation using traditional methods.Alan counts the Dutch Old Masters among his major influences, as well as Sargent, Sorolla and Zorn.

Born in Waterloo, Ontario in 1965, Alan enjoyed careers as an academic in international relations and as an entrepreneur in corporate training before following his dream to be a professional artist.He studied traditional drawing and painting at Toronto’s Academy of Realist Art, graduating from its fundamentals program in 2013. In recent years, he’s taken workshops with acclaimed Canadian artists Robert Bateman, Barry McCarthy, and Juan Martinez. He has also studied advanced techniques in colour mixing under mentor Graydon Parrish, classical portraiture with Teresa Oaxaca and Greg Mortensen, red chalk figure drawing with Robert Liberace, still life and anatomy with Dale Zinkowski (Grand Central Academy), and the science of colour with David Briggs (National Art School, Sydney).

Alan works full-time as an artist from his studios in Toronto and Haliburton, Ontario.

He is a signature member (AFCA) of the Federation of Canadian Artists, and an elected member of the Ontario Society of Artists, the Society of Canadian Artists, the International Guild of Realism, and the Oil Painters of America. Alan exhibits regularly with these societies and serve as a technical consultant with some of them.He is the founder/president of FCA Toronto, a chapter of the FCA and not-for-profit corporation that offers exhibition and professional development opportunities to artists. Alan also publishes an online resource centre for traditional oil painting practices and techniques.

His full biography and a selected list of exhibitions and awards can be found online on his website: