We are pleased to present 'SuperNature', a solo exhibition featuring new works by artist Ray-Mel Cornelius. The show will run from September 21 through October 19, 2019. There will be an artist reception held on Saturday, September 21st from 7-10 PM at Ro2’s Cedars gallery located at 1501 S. Ervay Street, Dallas, TX 75215.
"Scale is an issue in nature as well as art. The smallest things in our experience can be, as Georgia O’Keefe reminded us, overlooked, while the large understandably dominates our everyday lives.
This body of work takes the small and recontextualizes it into a format that demands our attention. I am also considering the large, both real as in landscapes and its inhabitants and in the fantasies of popular culture, in more intimate works.
As a supplement, this collection also includes an ongoing series of paintings of United States state birds.
As always these paintings present an opportunity to explore color, texture, form and composition just as in my previous work."
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Raised in a small town in Northeast Texas, Ray-Mel Cornelius found the inspiration of wide-open spaces and its inhabitants to be the catalyst for his work. Reflecting his interest in landscapes and the mythologies accompanying them, Ray-Mel begins with a dark underpainting and defines the form by applying layers of light tonal values; allowing him to explore representational and abstract forms while achieving defining forms. His works are best described as his interpretations of folklore and Americana.
A professional artist since 1977, Ray-Mel has been recognized in forums such as AcrylicWorks: The Best in Acrylic Painting, The Artists Magazine, Drawing Inspiration: Visual Artists at Work, Fantasy Art Magazine (China), Southwest Art Magazine, Spectrum: The Best in Fantastic Art, Strokes of Genius: Exploring Line and Design and Composition. His work has been included in exhibitions hosted by Clermont College Art Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio, The Gallery at the National Western Club, in Denver, Colorado, The Showroom Gallery and The Museum of American Illustration, both in New York City. He has exhibited eight one-person shows in five venues since 2001.