Monday, March 31, 2014

Transit of the Moon

This new painting has been accepted to this year's Oil Painters of America National Exhibition! The exhibition will take place at The Bennington Center for the Arts in Bennington, Vermont, June 7 - July 27, 2014. Happily, this year's OPA National Exhibit will be close enough for me to attend without flying.

Flowers don't seem to carry the same weight of symbolism that they used to carry in paintings, but just for fun, I decided to use night-blooming "moonflowers" in this painting. As an added fun conceptual bonus, these flowers belong to "the classic 'witches' weeds', along with deadly nightshade, henbane, and mandrake. Most parts of the plants contain toxic hallucinogens, and datura [moonflower] has a long history of use for causing delirious states and death. It was well known as an essential ingredient of love potions and witches' brews." Thank you, Wikipedia.

Transit of the Moon by Rob Rey -
Oil on Linen, 18 x 24 inches
Detail in raking light

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Spectrum 21

I'm quite pleased to have four works included in Spectrum 21: The Annual Best of Fantastic Art! The accepted works include this archer, titled Nelebrin Skirmisher, which I have not posted online until now. It was painted for the online card game called HEX.

Nelebrin Skirmisher by Rob Rey -
Oil, 16 x 20 inches
Also included are A Bargain Kept (below left) and Falling Fire (below right) as well as one more image that I can't show you yet due to a non-disclosure agreement. Congratulations to all the accepted artists. I'm honored to be in great company!

Falling Fire by Rob Rey -
Oil, 18 x 24 inches
A Bargain Kept by Rob Rey -
Oil, 18 x 24 inches

Thursday, March 13, 2014

First Place

This new still life has received First Place in the Daily Paintworks February monthly contest! Thanks to judge, Michael Naples, for selecting my piece. Also, thanks to my friend David of David Harrington Pottery, who made the beautiful bud vase featured in this painting. The original painting is available on Daily Paintworks.

Fallen Seeds by Rob Rey -
Fallen Seeds, Oil, 12 x 16 inches

Monday, March 3, 2014

Crown of Foxglove

Crown of Foxglove by Rob Rey -
Oil, 12 x 16 inches
Available at Daily Paintworks

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Pegasus and Illustration West 52

A Pegasus painted for an online trading card game called HEX.

Spirecliff Pegasus by Rob Rey -
Spirecliff Pegasus, Oil, 11 x 14 inches  -  Inquire for purchase

I have received good news that A Bargain Kept, below left, and Falling Fire, below right, have been accepted to the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles 52nd Annual Competition! I'm very happy to be included for another year after receiving a Silver Award in the competition last year.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Small Figure

This may become a larger painting someday, for now it's just a little 5 x 7. Available framed at Daily Paintworks. Update: Sold

Curve by Rob Rey -
Oil, 5 x7 inches

Tuesday, December 31, 2013


Brittney by Rob Rey -
Oil, 12 x 16 inches

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Artist's Magazine Honorable Mention

I know I've already been talking about this painting a lot recently since it received the Best of Show award in the NOAPS annual exhibition. Well, the December issue of the Artist's Magazine has been released and I can now tell you that the same painting has received an Honorable Mention in the Magazine's 30th Annual Art Competition in the figure and portrait category! I'm honored once again to be in the company of so many great artists including fellow Illuxcon exhibitor, John Jude Palencar, who took first place in the same category. Below is the cover and my own section of the magazine, but go check out all the other great art in this issue on the news stands or order your own copy right here.

Artists' Magazine
Ukulele by Rob Rey -
Ukulele, Oil, 18 x 24 inches
Here again on the left is a large image of the painting for you to see. Just click it to zoom.

And again, because I don't like to post here without showing new work, below is another alla prima painting from the portrait night that I attend. This model was dressed so nicely and sat in such a nice pose that I had to do more than just her portrait.
Kelly with a Carnation by Rob Rey -
Kelly with a Carnation, Oil, 12 x 16 inches

Monday, October 28, 2013

Kevin and a Nude

A couple of alla prima pieces from a little while back.

Nude by Rob Rey -
Nude, Oil, 12 x 16 inches

Kevin by Rob Rey -
Kevin, Oil, 14 x 18 inches

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Best of Show!

I'm so honored to report that my painting in the National Oil & Acrylic Painters' Society's Annual Best of America exhibition has received the Best of Show award. Some pictures of the exhibit can be seen on the NOAPS facebook page. Many thanks to the organization and to the galleries hosting the show!
Ukulele Singer by Rob Rey -
Ukulele Daydream, Oil, 18 x 24 inches
...and because I don't like to make a post without showing new artwork, here is a little moon.
Moon by Rob Rey -
Moon, Oil, 8 x 8 inches

Monday, September 30, 2013

Mini Mermaids

Two little mermaid paintings that I brought to IlluXcon VI earlier this month. Each is just 8 x 10 inches. Both of these paintings, and several others, sold at the event which was a really excellent display of incredible fantasy artwork at the Allentown Art Museum in Pennsylvania.

Mermaid II by Rob Rey -
Oil, 8 x 10 inches

Mermaid I by Rob Rey -
Oil, 8 x 10 inches

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

A Bargain Kept

Another new painting that I'll be bringing with me to IlluXcon next week. This will be my second year exhibiting in the main show there and a very exciting year for the event as it moves to the Allentown Art Museum. An unprecedented event displaying (and selling) current fantasy artwork in a fine art museum.

I wanted to create a story with this image. I'm drawing on many stories and fairy tales from The Frog Prince to Ulysses' encounter with Circe in The Odyssey to clue the viewer into what might be going on here. A shadowy sorceress is seen here with a few of her accoutrements. It's not a large leap to guess that this frog of unusual size may have not always been a frog. But who's that in the mist beyond? Is it someone spying upon her activities or an unfortunate soul forced to come and keep their end of a bargain?

A Bargain Kept by Rob Rey -
Oil, 18 x 24 inches (Click to Zoom)
Detail of A Bargain Kept by Rob Rey -
Detail image (Click to Zoom)
Detail of A Bargain Kept by Rob Rey -
Detail image 2 (Click to Zoom)
Ukulele Singer by Rob Rey -
Ukulele Singer, Oil, 18 x 24 inches

I've also been notified that Ukulele Singer has been accepted to the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society (NOAPS) Annual "Best of America" Exhibit! The show will take place in Bolivar, MO, at the Dunnegan Gallery October 13-27th 2013, and The Vine Gallery, Osage Beach, MO, November 2-20th 2013.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Falling Fire (Shooting Star)

In this new figure painting with the Milky Way I'm hoping to express my appreciation for the natural world. I'm also hoping to express my interest in thinking about how earlier cultures saw and understood the world. For one thing, I like to remember that before electricity and light pollution, the Milky Way was visible from everywhere, and visible every night that the moon wasn't too exceedingly bright. The best starry night sky you've ever seen was the regular nightly show. Now, I'm not disappointed that we have electricity, but what a different experience our ancestors had!

I also like to think about what people would have thought of all those lights up in the sky. We tend to take for granted our knowledge that stars are burning balls of gas, and that we know what space is. But, before science told us these things, people could only guess at what all those lights were based on what they saw from hill tops such as this. The astronomer, Carl Sagan, proposed that a star looks not unlike a campfire from a great distance and people may have seen stars as distant campfires of the gods. This thought is one of my main inspirations for this piece. This is the reason I included distant campfires dotting the landscape below as well as the reason for the title "Falling Fire."

Falling Fire by Rob Rey -
Oil, 18 x 24 inches
(Click to Zoom)
In more good news, my two entries to the Jack Richeson 75 Figure/Portrait contest were accepted! Michael (below right) received meritorious status, while Mark Taber (below left) is a finalist and will be included in the exhibition at Richeson Gallery in Kimberly WI, from Sept 16th - Oct 25th 2013.

Mark Taber by Rob Rey -
Michael by Rob Rey -

Wednesday, July 17, 2013


Joe by Rob Rey -
Oil, 11 x 14 inches

Last weekend, at a fantastically mythic juried show at Hope Gallery, title Heroes & Villains, my painting, "Last Stand" received second place!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013


Roark by Rob Rey -
Oil, 12 x 16 inches