Robert Rasely

Houses and Birds

January 10 – February 16, 2019

Robert Rasely

Por Sermi Divina Luz

1995

Oil on masonite

7 x 7 in.

Robert Rasely

Robert Rasely

A Well Ordered Enclave (the abode of a plywood noble)

1995

Oil on masonite

7 x 8 in.

Robert Rasely

Recalling a Galvanic Moment (learning to savor the scars of remorse)

1995

Oil on masonite

7 x 7 in.

Robert Rasely

Beautiful Things That Washed To My Shore

1995

Oil on birch

9 x 9 in.

Robert Rasely

Looking into the Future

1997

Oil on panel

10 1/8 x 10 1/8 in.

Robert Rasely

A Portrait of the Artist as a Wren

1997

Oil on wood

12 x 12 in.

Robert Rasely

Rumination-A Conditioned Rebelliousness

1997

Oil on panel

12 x 12 in.

Robert Rasely

The Line Where Shadows Shift (Pike County Memoirs)

1996

Oil on board

12 x 13 1/4 in.

Robert Rasely

Flesh Against Echo: The Taste of Salt

1997

Oil on panel

48 x 51 in.

Robert Rasely

Evening Stroll

1998

Oil on cherry

11 x 13 in.

Press Release

Allan Stone Projects is pleased to present Robert Rasely Houses and Birds, on view January 10 – February 16, 2019. In the sixteen paintings selected from the Allan Stone Collection, Rasely’s surreal depictions of houses and birds imbue their subjects with a haunting sense of unease, creating a tension between the real and the imaginary.

 

Rasely’s paintings envision an altered netherworld. Dream-like interiors, landscapes populated by ambiguous organisms and birds of unsettling awareness are alternately quirky, delightful and ominous. They recall the manic characteristics of a Bosch inferno with the delicate touch of Dutch vanitas paintings. Using fine brushes, ground pigments and a controlled hand, Rasely’s lightly glazed oil-on-panel renderings of chimerical scenes and obscure symbols engage the subconscious. His allegorical imagery of doorways, innards, beauty and decay challenge the viewer to find a concealed meaning within each painting. To wander through Rasely’s enigmatic landscapes is to search for the magic in the everyday, to awaken to the possibilities of alternative interpretation.

 

A longtime resident of Pennsylvania, Robert Rasely was born in 1950, and grew up in Stroudsburg. He trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art from 1978-82. The winner of numerous awards, including the 1978 First Prize Purchase Award of the Esther Klein Foundation and Rittenhouse Art Annual, a 1987 E.D. Foundation Fellowship Grant, the 1988 Clara Obrig Prize, and 1992 Emile & Dines Carlsen Award, both of the National Academy of Design. Rasely had solo shows at Charles Campbell Gallery, San Francisco and Allan Stone Gallery, New York, and was included in group exhibitions at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT; the Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AK; and the National Academy of Design in New York. His work has been featured in House & Garden, The Christian Science Monitor, Review Art, and ARTnews. Rasely died in 2005.