Realism takes on a new dimension through the eyes of artist Ray Hare, whose paintings in many ways surpass photo-realism. He fills his compositions with infinite color and detail as if the viewer is looking at the actual subject through a magnifying glass. What Hare captures, as a result, is a new reality. In his paintings, he shares a unique vision through enlarged images and illusions 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.
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 lives in Orange County, California where he and his wife Susan raised their three children. Nationally acclaimed museums have shown his paintings, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, DeYoung Museum, Oakland Museum, Crocker Kingsley Art Museum, and the Los Angeles Art Institute. ABC commissioned him to paint a portrait of Oprah Winfrey for her private collection, and NBC followed suit with a commission to paint a portrait of Elizabeth Taylor for her private collection. He was also commissioned to paint a portrait of Ray Charles for the Charles’ Estate. Ray’s work resides in numerous private and corporate collections throughout the United States and Europe.