Thursday, June 23, 2016


The vast depth of space and the multitude of stars, worlds, and galaxies is nearly impossible for our minds to fathom, but it's an awakening experience to attempt. This video may help -

This is another piece appearing in tonights opening of the "Edge of Reaism" at Abend Gallery in Denver, 6-9pm. I'll be there, so if you're in the area, come say hi!

Fathom by Rob Rey -
Oil, 20 x 24 inches

Friday, June 17, 2016

Stardust IV

Appearing in the upcoming Edge of Realism show at Abend Gallery, opening June 23rd.

Stardust IV by Rob Rey -
Oil, 20 x 24 inches

Monday, April 25, 2016

Stardust III

Another piece in the stardust series. This will also be appearing in Abend Gallery's Contemporary Figuration show opening May 13th.

Stardust III by Rob Rey -
Stardust III, Oil, 14 x 18 inches

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Stardust II

A new piece in a series started last July with Stardust Gazing Back. This new piece will be appearing in Abend Gallery's Contemporary Figuration show opening May 13th.

“The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.”
- Carl Sagan

Stardust II by Rob Rey -
Oil, 20 x 24 inches

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

D&D Curse of Strahd

These two illustrations were painted last year for Dungeons & Dragons' recently released "Curse of Strahd" Adventure.

In the first painting, vistani seer, Stanamir, conjures and vision in the flames of a campfire. I'm happy to say this painting has been accepted to Spectrum 23! It's also featured in an article on the D&D website.

In the second painting, a little creepier than my usual work, the witch, Morgantha, takes human form to sell her drug laced pies in a misty oppressed town.

Vistani Magic for D&D by Rob Rey -
Vistani Magic, Oil, 18 x 24 inches

Margantha's Pastry Cart for D&D by Rob Rey -
Morgantha's Pastry Cart, Oil, 18 x 24 inches
Brooding Study has also been accepted to Spectrum 23 and Bioluminescence has even been nominated for an award!

Bioluminescence, Oil, 18 x24 inches
Brooding Study, Oil, 6 x 8 inches
In still more news, I had the honor of being a juror of acceptance for  this year's National Juried Exhibition with the Oil Painters of America. I think it's going to be a great show and since my vote doesn't count towards my own entries I'm also happy to say Shadowy Deep has been accepted to the show as well.

Shadowy Deep by Rob Rey -
Oil, 18 x 24 inches

Thursday, February 25, 2016


In wonder and curiosity of the warmth and light. A contemplation of what our ancestors (and mermaids) would have thought of the sun.

Wonderment by Rob Rey -
Oil, 12 x 16 inches

Friday, January 29, 2016

Bioluminescence III

The next painting in the Bioluminescence series is hanging in a new animal themed show titled, Animalia, Abend Gallery in Denver. Show opens tonight.

Check out more work from the show here.

Bioluminescence III by Rob Rey -
Oil, 20 x 24 inches

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Pluto Unveiled

A new painting to commemorate humanity's first detailed glimpse of Pluto and it's moon, Charon, made last year by the New Horizons spacecraft. It was an amazing accomplishment, and a momentous event to be alive for as the face of the dwarf planet became known to humans for the first time in history!

Pluto Unveiled by Rob Rey -
Oil, 12 x 16 inches

It takes light 4.6 hours to reach Pluto from Earth. To get a sense of just how far away that is, and how amazing it is that we got there, check out this great video by Wylie Overstreet and Alex Gorosh. At nearest approach, Pluto is about the same distance as Neptune.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Brooding and a Second 2nd Place

After a few months hiatus from Every Day Original to catch up on a few things, I'm now back to my regular posting date of the 21st of the month. That means this new mermaid goes up for sale tomorrow morning at 10am EST. Be ready, they don't usually last long.

Brooding, Oil Study by Rob Rey -
Brooding, Oil Study, 6 x 8 inches
For your viewing pleasure, I also managed to record and compile a time-lapse video of the painting process of this small study.

There is more good news about my painting, 
Reaching Europa. It has received a second 2nd Place Award! This time in the Infected by Art annual competition, also claiming Gold in the Oil/Acrylic/Watercolor category. See all of the great winning artworks here.

Reaching Europa by Rob Rey -
Reaching Europa
I've also recently been notified that I have been accepted as a Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Embrace, Bioluminescence II, and 2nd Place

Here are a couple of paintings from earlier this year that I never got around to posting online. First, we have the moon in the Earth's gravitational embrace (still available at Abend Gallery). Next, the second painting in the Bioluminescence series. The third painting here is Reaching Europa, which I have posted before, but I have just learned that it has received 2nd Place in the Oil Painters of America Fall Online Showcase!

Embrace by Rob Rey -
Embrace, Oil, 20 x 24 inches

Bioluminescence II by Rob Rey -
Bioluminescence II, Oil, 14 x 18 inches

Reaching Europa by Rob Rey -
Reaching Europa, Oil, 18 x 24 inches

Friday, October 16, 2015

Waiting to be Known

A companion piece to my previous painting, Reaching Europa (bottom), the focus of this new painting is the spirit of discovery, depicting Saturn, the Cassini space probe, and an allegorical figure of scientific truths yet undiscovered.

"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known."
- Carl Sagan

In less than a week I'll be exhibiting at the incredible show of imaginative realism, IlluXCon, in Allentown, PA (Oct 21-25)! This painting will be there and I would highly recommend checking it out along with all the other amazing work in the show.

Waiting to be Known by Rob Rey -
Waiting to be Known, Oil, 18 x 24 inches

Reaching Europa by Rob Rey -
Reaching Europa, Oil, 18 x 24 inches

Friday, October 9, 2015

OPA Eastern

This new painting from an earlier study has been accepted to the Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition for this year! The show takes place at Eckert & Ross Fine Art in Indianapolis, from November 6 - December 5.

With the Flow by Rob Rey -
With the Flow, Oil, 18 x 24 inches

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Autumnal Equinox : Last Light

This new study goes up on Every Day Original tomorrow morning at 10am EDT.

If you've ever gone camping in a secluded place and walked away from the safe and warm glow of the fire, you've probably experienced a flash of fear for what could be out in the darkness with you, unseen. It's a very common and natural emotion for us having evolved ever watchful of predators. Though this fear may still strike in the darkness of one's own home, thanks to electricity, we live mostly free from this psychological marauder. Before electricity, when the sun went down, candles and campfires would have been our only feeble weapons against these fears, leaving us nothing to do but wait through the long darkness until the sun rose again to save us for another day. So in addition to the harvest symbols of our agricultural ancestors, the autumnal equinox represents the the last waning light before the long and psychologically safe days turned into the long and fearful nights of winter. From this perspective, it's easy to see why the sun and it's light plays such a strong role in the myths of so many cultures.

Autumnal Equinox : Last Light by Rob Rey -
Oil Study, 6 x 8 inches

Tuesday, September 15, 2015


This is my painting for the Society Of IllustratorsVisionarium show in NYC. Like the Microvisions show of the past, Visionarium features work donated for auction to benefit scholarships for illustration students. The auction will go live on September 28th and end on Oct 10th. To see the rest of the work in the show by award winning illustrators and find more information on how you can place your bid, check out this link.

In Knots, Oil Study by Rob Rey -
In Knots, Oil Study, 6 x 8 inches

In Knots, Oil Study by Rob Rey -
On the wall at the Society of Illustrators, NYC.
Logo by Lauren Panepinto

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Double Back and an Interview

This new mermaid study goes live on Every Day Original tomorrow morning at 10 am EDT! They keep selling in the first couple hours, so if you're interested don't think about it too long.

While you're there, I've been interviewed and the and the conversation is up on the EDO website for you to read! I talk about my painting process, interests and more.

Double Back by Rob Rey -
Oil, 6 x 8 inches