ALAN BRAY has earned a national reputation from his hometown of Sangerville, Maine. There, he develops mystical paintings about the phenomena of nature in very familiar scenes. He allows his self-conscious to dissolve as he lets particularities of place, such as the branching of trees, the drifting and melting of the snow and the meandering of flowing water reveal their structures to him. He incorporates elements of memory and dream to achieve an interconnectedness where what you see folds into what you feel and know.The New Yorker Magazine described his work as "meditations on landscape, rather than attempts to open a window on the world."
Alan studied at the Art Inst. of Boston, the U. of So. Maine and Villa Schifanola Graduate School of Fine Arts, in Florence, Italy. the Portland Museum of Art, in Portland Maine, gave him the solo show, Redefining Landscape. He has had solo shows at the Center Gallery of the University of So. Maine, The Farnsworth Art Musuem in Rockland, ME, Schmidt Bingham Gallery, in New York, A.V.C. Contemporary Arts Gallery, in New York Barridorf Galleries, in Portland Maine and Gleason Fine Arts, in Portland, Maine and has been represented by the Caldbeck since 2003. He has been included in invitational exhibits across the U.S., in France and in Italy. His work is part of public collections from New York to California. The Art books featuring his paintings and magazines with critical acclaim, while too numerous to list in their entirety here, include Carl Little's Paintings of Maine . Bray's work can also be seen at www.alanbray.com