Saturday, April 18, 2020

Nebular Nook

A new detailed study available on Every Day Original, Monday morning!

Within the nebulous gas of deceased giants, new stars are born. Stretching out their first solar winds, they carve out a space for themselves in the dust. Young stars, just a few million years old.

Nebular Nook, Study by Rob Rey - robreyfineart.com
Oil, 9 x 6 inches


Detail

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Interview with the Savvy Painter Podcast

I'm excited to announce that I did an interview with the Savvy Painter Podcast! We had a great conversation about communicating with art, the role science can play as a fulfilling human story, feeling a sense of wonder with the universe, and a discussion of my painting process. Come have a listen and let me know what you think!


Thursday, December 19, 2019

A Glimpse, Study

A new study available Saturday morning, December 21st, on EveryDayOriginal.com!

"The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed. It was the experience of mystery - even if mixed with fear - that engendered religion. A knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate, our perceptions of the profoundest reason and the most radiant beauty, which only in their most primitive forms are accessible to our minds: it is this knowledge and this emotion that constitute true religiosity. In this sense, and only this sense, I am a deeply religious man... I am satisfied with the mystery of life's eternity and with a knowledge, a sense, of the marvelous structure of reality, as well as the humble attempt to understand even a tiny portion of the reason that manifests itself in nature."

-Albert Einstein, The World As I See It


A Glimpse, Study by Rob Rey - robreyart.com
Oil on Panel, 9 x 12 inches

Detail


As usual, those subscribed to the EveryDayOriginal.com newsletter will be the first buyers to whom this will be available on Saturday morning, December 21st. So if you're interested, be sure to sign up!

Also, EDO has just opened a new gallery space on Artsy.net! This space will feature larger works, different from what is available on the regular EDO website. My painting, Nullius In Verba, is participating in the first show in this new space titled, "Beyond the Every Day". The gallery is covering free shipping until December 23rd!

Nullius In Verba, Oil, 24 x 18 inches


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Nullius In Verba

Latin for "on the word of no one" or "take nobody's word for it", Nullius in verba is the motto of the oldest national scientific institution, the Royal Society, founded in 1660. Sir Isaac Newton served as president of the society from 1703-27. The motto is explained thus:

It is an expression of the determination of Fellows to withstand the domination of authority and to verify all statements by an appeal to facts determined by experiment.

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I'll be exhibiting this new piece and more next week at IX in Reading, PA Oct 23-27!


Nullius In Verba by Rob Rey - robreyfineart.com
Nullius In Verba
Oil, 24 x 18 in





Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Inertia - Final Painting


It took a few more technological advances, but it was largely Newton's insights from 1697 that have allowed us to put more than 2,000 mechanical messengers and observers in weightless orbit around our planet. He explained that orbiting objects, like our robotic satellites or the moon, are constantly falling to the earth. They are just traveling fast enough that by the time they would have fallen to the ground they have passed, or missed the earth, only to find themselves on another side of the planet falling still.

In order to miss the earth's surface from the altitude of low earth orbit, the International Space Station, for instance, must travel an amazing 4.76 miles per second (7.6 km/s). Meanwhile, the moon is far enough outside our gravitational pull that it only needs to move little faster than a typical bullet; a mere 0.635 miles per second (1 km/s).

These speeds may not sound like a tranquil, weightless experience, but Einstein showed us this is all relative. The Earth is currently taking us on an 18.6 mile per second (30 km/s) trip around the Sun and I can still pour my tea without making a mess ... usually.


Inertia by Rob Rey - robreyfineart.com
Oil, 18 x 24 in



















This painting will be coming with me to IX, Oct 23-27!
Prints are available here.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

A Galaxy Within


This new piece from an earlier study has been accepted to the Oil Painters of America annual Western Regional Exhibition next month in Santa Fe, NM!
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We are each a little galaxy of our own. It's a mind-bending exercise trying to comprehend the 100 billion stars found in a typical galaxy. Yet, each of us has roughly the same number of neurons in our own brain, performing a symphony of consciousness. Similar too, is the number of atoms that write out our DNA code. We are a staggeringly complex and unique collection of natural components, come together for a short, precious moment.

Large numbers are difficult to fathom, but to be disappointed in the realization that we are "just" collections of atoms moving in accordance with the laws of physics, is to misunderstand the depth of this astonishing complexity, and the billions of years it took to evolve.

"We are the miracle, we human beings. Not a break-the-laws-of-physics kind of miracle; a miracle in that it is wondrous and amazing how such complex, aware, creative, caring creatures could have arisen in perfect accordance with those laws [of nature] ... Our emergence has brought meaning and mattering into the world ... It bequeaths to us the responsibility and opportunity to make life into what we would have it be."
-Sean Carroll, The Big Picture

A Galaxy Within by Rob Rey - robreyfineart.com
Oil, 24 x 18 inches

Original will be available at the OPA Western Regional Show in November. 
As usual, prints are available here.





I'm also pleased to say my painting, Bioluminescence, has been selected as a finalist in the August BoldBrush Competition! Congratulations to all the winners!



Friday, September 20, 2019

Inertia Study


Newton's first law of motion states that an object in motion will remain in motion, and an object at rest will remain at rest, unless acted upon by a force.

This new detailed study will be available tomorrow morning on Every Day Original
8x10 in detailed oil study













I was recently notified that Blue Bower has been chosen as a finalist in the Beautiful Bizarre competition! A winner will be announced next month. Check out all the beautiful finalists here.



And I wrote an interview for a local online magazine. I made a new bio picture for it too, which includes a peek at my studio and preview of a new piece, coming soon.






Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Bioluminescence IX

The light of life and the natural world. Of all the vastness of space, as of yet, we know of only one planet that supports life. At least within some great distance from here, life is rare. Having been the product of billions of years of evolution, life is precious. This point of light and inspiration stands in contrast to the lanterns and lights that are historically known to be sources of illumination but are now dimmed. These extinguished lights represent the litany of outdated mythologies mankind has created. In much darker times of human ignorance they seemed to show the way, but thankfully, those days have passed.

Now hanging in the current show, "Animalia," at Abend Gallery

Bioluminescence IX by Rob Rey - robreyfineart.com
Oil, 30 x 24 inches







I'm happy to say Cassini has received First Place in the Daily Paintworks Monthly Competition! Check out the entrants and winners here.

Cassini by Rob Rey - robreyfineart.com
Cassini, Oil, 18 x 24 inches



Thursday, July 11, 2019

Alpine Evening


A new large nocturne landscape appearing in "The Land," a group exhibition at Abend Gallery, opening this weekend!

Opening Reception: Saturday, July 13, 6-8 pm.
On view through August 3, 2019.

Alpine Evening, Oil, 40 x 40 inches



I'm happy to say Blue Bower has received an award in the Art Renewal Center annual salon. As part of the award I'll be participating in a show at Rehs Contemporary Gallery in NYC next spring and I'm really looking forward to it!



Thursday, June 20, 2019

Nullius In Verba


Latin for "on the word of no one" or "take nobody's word for it", Nullius in verba is the motto of the oldest national scientific institution, the Royal Society, founded in 1660. Sir Isaac Newton served as president of the society from 1703-27. The motto is explained thus:

It is an expression of the determination of Fellows to withstand the domination of authority and to verify all statements by an appeal to facts determined by experiment.

Available tomorrow morning on Every Day Original.

Nullius In Verba by Rob Rey - robreyfineart.com
Oil Study, 10 x 8 inches


Detail

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Archer

A three hour life study from a while ago.

Life Study by Rob Rey - robreyfineart.com
Oil, 16 x 12 inches



Thursday, April 25, 2019

Old Study


Going through old work, I found this 3 hour portrait study from 2014 that I had never photographed.

Head Study by Rob Rey - robreyfineart.com
Oil, 12 x 9 inches

Also, the Available Works section of my website now sports snazzy images of example frames and walls to give a sense of scale. Here are a few of them:

 


Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Bioluminescence - Violet

A recent, tiny Bioluminescence commission.

This represents to me, as with the rest of this series, the natural world as a point of inspiration.

Oil, 6 x 8 inches

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

A Galaxy Within

We are each a little galaxy of our own. Mind-bending as it is trying to comprehend the 100 billion stars found in a typical galaxy, each of us has roughly the same number of neurons in our brain, performing a symphony of consciousness. Similar too, is the number of atoms that write out our DNA code. We are a staggeringly complex and unique collection of natural components, come together for a short, precious moment.

Large numbers are difficult to fathom, but to be disappointed in the realization that we are “just” collections of atoms moving in accordance with the laws of physics, is to misunderstand the depth of this astonishing complexity, and the billions of years it took to evolve.

“We are the miracle, we human beings. Not a break-the-laws-of-physics kind of miracle; a miracle in that it is wondrous and amazing how such complex, aware, creative, caring creatures could have arisen in perfect accordance with those laws [of nature] … Our emergence has brought meaning and mattering into the world ... It bequeaths to us the responsibility and opportunity to make life into what we would have it be.”
-Sean Carroll, The Big Picture

A Galaxy Within study by Rob Rey - robreyfineart.com
Detailed oil study, 6 x 8 in

Available tomorrow on EveryDayOriginal.com