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Don Ray: A Retrospective

October 11, 2008 - February 15, 2009

 

From October 11, 2008 through February 15, 2009, the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum will present a retrospective of the work of Don Ray (1937-2006). This exhibition was already in the works when Don Ray passed away on 27 September 2006 after an extended illness. The exhibition will include works in oil, watercolor, and bronze and span Ray's entire career from the late 1950s through 2006. (right: Don Ray (1937-2006), No More Forever)

Reared on a ranch near Clarendon, Texas, Ray focused on the subjects he grew up with. Working in bronze and oil, he concentrated his work on the landscape and historical events of the Panhandle-Plains region and on Civil War history. Ray studied at West Texas State University and with Olive Vandruff and later taught at West Texas State.

He exhibited widely in the Southwest and with the Hudson Valley Art Association, White Plains, New York; Abercrombie and Fitch, New York; Mountain Oyster Club, Tucson; the Nita Stewart Haley Library, Midland, Texas; and the Panhandle-Plains Invitational Western Art Show and Sale.

Ray's work can be found in numerous private and corporate collections as well as public collections in the Panhandle and the Haley Library; the George Phippen Museum of Western Art, Prescott, Arizona; and the National Ranching Heritage Center, Lubbock. His work has been featured in Persimmon Hill, Western Horseman, Southwest Art, and the Dallas Morning News's Scene.

The artist was a long-time member and supporter of the Museum which held a Don Ray exhibition in 1987.


Wall text and labels from the exhibition

In Memoriam

Don Ray (1937-2006)

Reared on a ranch near Clarendon, Texas, Ray focused on the subjects he grew up with. Working in bronze and oil, he concentrated his work on the landscape and historical events of the Panhandle-Plains region and on Civil War history. Ray studied at West Texas State University and with Olive Vandruff and later taught at West Texas State. He exhibited widely in the Southwest and with the Hudson Valley Art Association, White Plains, New York; Abercrombie and Fitch, New York; Mountain Oyster Club, Tucson; the Nita Stewart Haley Library, Midland, Texas; and the Panhandle-Plains Invitational Western Art Show and Sale. Ray's work can be found in numerous private and corporate collections as well as public collections in the Panhandle and the Haley Library; the George Phippen Museum of Western Art, Prescott, Arizona; and the National Ranching Heritage Center, Lubbock. His work has been featured in Persimmon Hill, Western Horseman, Southwest Art, and the Dallas Morning News's Scene. The artist was a long-time member and supporter of the Museum which held a Don Ray exhibition in 1987. Don Ray passed away on 27 September 2006.

 
UNTITLED [SADDLED PAINT HORSE] circa 1965
Oil on Masonite
Lent by Jim and Jackie Ward
 
WHY SHEEPMEN LEFT THE RANGE 1975
Oil on canvas
Lent by Jim and Jackie Ward
 
UNTITLED [LANDSCAPE] 1968
Oil on canvas
Lent by Jim and Jackie Ward
 
OLD HEDGECOKE 1965
Oil on canvasboard
Lent by Jim and Jackie Ward
"Cowpony now used as a dude horse at Palo Duro." June 20, 1965, R. D. Ray.
 
UNTITLED [HORSES] 1974
Oil on canvas
Lent by Jim and Jackie Ward
 
LIPSCOMB, TEXAS-DOWNTOWN 2000
Oil on panel
Lent by John and Janey Thomas
 
UNTITLED [LANDSCAPE WITH DEER] circa 1970
Oil on board
Lent by Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Hoover
 
UNTITLED [LANDSCAPE WITH WAGON] circa 1970
Oil on canvas
Lent by Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Hoover
 
THE BROOD MARES circa 1970
Oil on canvas
Lent by Ken Crossland
 
HORSES 1966
Oil on canvasboard
Lent by Ken Crossland
 
TWO WORLDS OF QUANAH PARKER 2003
Bronze
Lent by Ken Crossland
 
COPY OF NICOLAI FECHIN'S PORTRAIT OF NORMAN HAPGOOD'S DAUGHTER circa 1960s
Oil on canvas
Lent by Ken Crossland
The original Fechin painting is in the Museum's James D. Hamlin Collection. Don Ray probably made the copy while teaching at West Texas State University in the 1960s.
 
CUBING CALVES 1971
Oil on Masonite
Lent by Scott Higginbotham

 

(above: Don Ray (1937-2006), When Word Was Bond)

 

(above: Don Ray (1937-2006), Winter in the Canyon)

For the exhibition Don Ray: A Retrospective the Museum created a YouTube page named PPHMConnectionCast which contains a 18-minute 2-part tour of the exhibition by Michael Grauer, curator.

 

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