About the Artist
Realism takes on new dimension through the eyes of artist Ray Hare. Rays paintings are
photo realism but his art goes beyond realistic likeness. In his work the larger than life close-ups
are depicted with all their infinite color and details. It is as if he held a magnifying glass up to his
subject and painted what he saw. What Hare captures as a result is a new reality. His unique
vision through enlarged images and illusions is shared through paintings that grasp the essence
of his subjects. The emotional impact of each painting confronts and challenges us to view reality
with renewed emotion. He incorporates conceptual studies with practical mastery of fine art,
testing each image and medium to its limit. The subjects seem so real we believe we can reach
out and touch them.
Native Californian Ray Hare has expressed himself through art at an early age. In high school he
won numerous state and national competitions. He received a full scholarship to California
College of Arts and Crafts where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with High Distinction. Ray
then went to San Francisco State University to receive his Masters of Fine Art.
Ray Hare is based in Orange County, California where he and his wife Susan raised their three
children. His art has been shown in numerous museums including San Francisco Museum of
Modern Art, DeYoung Museum, Oakland Museum, Crocker Kingsley Art Museum and the Los
Angeles Art Institute. Many prominent corporations and institutions have added his work to their
collections. He was commissioned by ABC to paint a portrait of Oprah Winfrey for her private
collection. Commissioned by NBC to paint a portrait of Elizabeth Taylor for her private collection
and by Fox Network to paint a portrait of Ray Charles for he and his son Ray Charles Jr's private
collection. Ray is in numerous private collections through out the United States and Europe.