Omni Contemporary Art Gallery opens the current exhibition season featuring the works of Ray Grist.
The genius of Ray Grist is his ability to combine his influences – from Miro, Picasso, Cezanne, and Kandinsky – into a wholly new form. He also takes inspiration from African traditions and Black American artists Hale Woodruff and Romare Bearden. But whether he is working in the expressive non-objective to contemporary still life and landscape, his dynamic us of form and color give his paintings a remarkable quality of aliveness. His canvases and prints fairly vibrate with what can only be called “spirit,” so that the viewer has the impression that the work is animate.
Ray Grist has shown at museums and galleries worldwide, from Alaska to Mumbai. His work is included in many public collections, among them the Studio Museum Harlem, New York; the Biblioteque Nationale, Paris; and the International Symposium, Eisenstadt, Austria. His paintings can be found in numerous private collections as well.