Who is Ray Swirsky?

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 Ray Swirsky is a Calgary based emerging artist who began painting in the fall of 2014. With no formal education in the arts, he has grasped on quickly to understanding the fundamentals of light, value and intensity, creating a real sense of atmosphere and depth into his paintings. When working from his home studio or painting plein air, his focus is always on improving his skill development each time he sets brush to canvas or panel. Knowing how to best use these fundamentals to create depth and interest is key to any successful painting. He works with both brush and pallet knife creating works that vary in detail from fine realism to a looser, almost abstract, style of realism.

   Having grown up in the small town of Kimberley, BC, Ray has never lost his connection with nature. His love of the mountains and western landscapes can be seen in the bulk of his paintings. He does paint other subject matter such as portrait, still life and action scenes which can all be viewed on his website. Much of his work is commissioned work for clients, a process he loves and enjoys very much.

   Ray is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists (AFCA) and the Alberta Society of Artists (ASA). In his short career, Ray’s work has been well received into many juried exhibitions with works being sold throughout Canada, USA, and the UK.

“I most like to paint landscapes and wildlife from Western Canada, but I am always challenging myself with different material from time to time. If you view my catalogue of work you will find everything from elephants to mountain scenes, still life to portrait, and birch trees to a water bomber over a raging forest fire.”

Having been selected to be an exhibiting artist at the Western Showcase at the Calgary Exhibition & Stampede for the past two years is one of Ray’s most recent and proudest moments in his career to date. Ray’s work is currently available at The Painted Moose Studio in Bragg Creek, Durango Trail Rustic Furniture in Bragg Creek, and also online at this website and many others.

PRINTS are available on selected large works. This is posted in the description. Print runs are limited to 60 in each size.

All prints are titled signed and numbered by the artist, and printed on gallery quality archival 130lb Baryta paper.

17″ x 22″  $95.00

13″ x 19″  $65.00

9.5″ x 13″ $40.00

TYPICAL PRICE RANGE FOR ORIGINAL WORKS BELOW

Frames included on most pieces. Shipping cost is quoted per order.

9 x 12     $200 – $300

12 x 16   $400 – $600

20 x 24   $900 – $1500

36 x 48   $3000 – $5000

Ray is always available to show his art at the gallery or privately in his Calgary home.

Call  403-404-6692 anytime to have a chat with Ray. He is available to discuss any piece, and opens his home to anyone interested for a private showing.

If you see anything you like but would like it in a different size, style or have your own ideas for a painting, Ray is always open to produce a commission of any size or subject matter.

 

ARTIST CV

2020 Langley Arts Council -International juried show, May30 – Jul16

2020 Spruce Meadows Masters Art Show & Sale – (juried), Sep 9 -13

2020 Calgary Exhibition & Stampede – Artists Studio (juried), Jul 3 – 12 

2020 Vales Greenhouse Art Show and Sale- (juried) Jun18 – 21

2020 Leighton Centre Clothesline Sale – online – Jun 13 – 30

2020 Calyx Distinctive Art Exhibition – (juried), Calgary, Apr 20

2020 FCA Calgary, Spring Exhibition, Calgary, Mar 20-21

2020 Beacon Art Sale – (juried), Calgary, Apr 19

2020 Mahogany Art Guild Art Sale, Calgary, Apr 3-5

2020 FCA Artists Choice, Vancouver, Feb 4 to 16

2020 TEACHING at Kensington Art Supplies – Feb 11- Mar 4

2020 Leighton Centre Annual Juried Members show Apr25-Jun7

2020 FCA Postcard Online Exhibition – (juried), Vancouver Feb1 -29

2019 Leighton Centre Christms in the Country, Nov 2 – Dec 21

2019 FCA Second Glance Art – (juried), Calgary, Nov 2nd

2019 Essentia Calgary Solo Show, Calgary, Oct 5 – Dec 1

2019 Artspot Calgary, Oct 1 to 28

2019 Painted Moose 30 in 30 Art Show, Bragg Creek, Oct 5-6

2019 Artspot YYC, Calgary, Oct 1 to Feb 28 2020

2019 – Nov 2020 ASA “Nocturn” Traveling Exhibition – (juried)

2019 Calyx Distinctive Art Exhibition – (juried), Oct 19

2019 DeWinton Artworks Art Show Oct 11-13

2019 Spruce Meadows Masters – (juried), Calgary, Sep 4-8

2019 Diverse Synergy – (juried), Calgary, Jul 30

2019 FCA Painting on the Edge – (juried), Vancouver, Jul 15 – Aug 4

2019 Calgary Exhibition & Stampede – Artists Studio (juried), Jul 5-14

2019 Vales Greenhouse Art Show and Sale- (juried), Jun 21-23

2019 South Calgary Art Sale, May 10-11

2019 FCA “Signature Members Show“ – (juried), Vancouver, Dec

2019 Calyx Distinctive Art Sale & Show – (juried), Apr 28

2019 Beacon Annual Spring Art Exhibition & Sale – (juried), Apr 27

2018 Leighton Art Centre “Christmas in the Country” – (juried)

2018 Starbuck’s Pop-Up Art Show and Sale, Calgary, Oct 25

2018 Painted Moose, Art Sale & Show, Aug 25

2018 Calyx Distinctive Art Sale & Show – (juried), Calgary, Oct 20-21

2018 Beacon Annual Fall Art Exhibition & Sale – (juried), Calgary Oct 13

2018 DeWinton Art Show & Sale – (juried), Oct 12-14

2018 FCA Calgary “ART-O-Rama“ – (juried), Jun 15-16

2018 Vales Greenhouse Art Show – (juried), Jun 22-24

2018 FCA “Summer Showcase“ – (juried), Vancouver, Jul 30- Aug 12

2018 ASA “Water” Exhibition – (juried), Jun 2018 – May 2019

2018 Pumphouse Theatre Emerging Artist – (juried), Apr 12-Jun 30

2018 FCA “Postcard Exhibition“ – (juried), Vancouver May 

2018 ASA “The Artists Lens” Exhibition – (juried) Feb 1 – Nov 30

2018 Calyx Distinctive Art Sale & Show – (juried), Calgary, Apr 22

2018 Beacon Annual Spring Art Exhibition & Sale – (juried) , Apr 21

2018 FCA Calgary “Spring into Art” – (juried), Mar 9 – 10. 1st Place Award

2018 FCA” Active Members Exhibition” – (juried), Vancouver, Jan 9 – 21

2017 Artpoint Gallery – Three Walls Three Worlds – Solo Show, Dec 1 -23

2017 Pop-up Art Show! Brittania Plaza (Private Show & Sale), Nov 24-25

2017 OSGG – Governor General of Canada

          Annual Charity Breakfast and Live Auction, Nov 24

2017 FCA Calgary – Art Harvest (juried), Oct 21

2017 FCA – AIR Show – (juried), Vancouver Oct 10-29

2017 FCA – Limitless 2017 (juried), Vancouver, Aug 1 -31

2017 Beacon Fall Art Exhibition & Sale (juried), Calgary, Oct 14 – 15

2017 Midtown Mosaic Art Show & Sale (juried), Calgary, Sep 29 -30

2017 Artpoint Members Exhibition (members only), Calgary, Sep 15 – 30

2017 FCA – Scenes from Western Canada (juried), Vancouver, Sep 12 – 24

2017 FCA – Smaller, Smaller Smallest (juried), Vancouver, Aug 22 – Sep 3

2017 Artpoint Summer Invitational (juried), Calgary, Aug 22 -Sep 13

2017 FCA – Summer Gallery (juried), Vancouver, Aug 8 – 20

2017 Gallery on the Alley, Exhibiting Artist, May – Oct

2017 Calgary Exhibition & Stampede, Art Auction (juried), Jul

2017 FCA – Muse Exhibition (juried), Vancouver, Jun 5 – 18

2017 FCA Calgary – Absolutely Art (juried), May 19 – 20, AWARD 2nd 

2017 Beacon Spring Art Exhibition & Sale (juried), Calgary Apr 22

2017 Alberta Society of Artists – Fire Exhibition (juried)  Jan to Oct

2016 Midtown Mosaic Art Show & Sale (juried), Calgary, Sep 30 – Oct 1

2016 Calgary Stampede Western Art Auction (juried), July

2016 Calgary Stampede Creative Arts Competition (juried), 1st Place 

2016 FCA  Limitless (juried), Vancouver, Jul 2 -Sep 30

2015 Calgary Stampede Arts  Competition (juried), 1st Place Oils

2015 Calgary Stampede Arts  Competition (juried), 2nd Overall Winner

2018 FCA – Granted AFCA signature Status 

2018 Painted Moose Artist Collective – Joined as owner artist – May

2017 Artpoint Gallery, Calgary – November- joined  Board of Directors

2017 FCA – Granted membership Status, January

 

WORKSHOPS

2020 Deborah Tilby, Composition – Calgary, Feb 22 – 23

2020 Dominik Modlinski – Oil Painting – Victoria, BC, Jan 17 – 19

2018 Doug Swinton – Plein Air – Calgary, May 18 – 19

2018 Michael Downs – Plein Air – San Miguel, Mexico, Mar 17-23

2017 Michael Downs – Plein Air – Premier Lake, BC, Sep 20-23

2017 Michael Downs – Plein Air – San Miguel, Mexico, Mar 6 – 13