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.