Artist Profile

Dale Rayburn

Individuals shaped and molded by life’s joys as well as trials-individuals characterized by their permanence, by their ability to endure-it is these individuals who inhabit the artistic world of Dale Rayburn’s paintings and etchings.

Although the artistic world inhabited by these individuals is often portrayed as regional—what many consider as “typically southern“. Rayburn’s work transcends regional boundaries and stereotypes in both its portrayal of universal human experiences and emotions. Furthermore, Rayburn’s emphasis on line quality, on the interplay of positive spaces, and of the characters he portrays reflects the influence of such artists as Rembrandt, Thomas Eakins, and Edward Hopper.

Born in Carriere, Mississippi, in 1942, Dale Rayburn considers himself fortunate that he is able to make a living doing what he loves most, yet he does not believe that he should compromise his own artistic integrity by simply catering the artistic whims of the movement. It is the work itself, being true to whatever idea which he wishes to portray that is most important to him. As he noted “if my work is honest, it will have merit.”

Permanent Collections

  • High Museum, Atlanta GA
  • White House, Washington DC
  • De Cordova Museum, Lincoln MA
  • Yale University Art Gallery
  • University of Georgia
  • New Orleans Museum of Art
  • Lamar Dodd Art Center, Lagrange GA
  • Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, NC
  • Mint Museum, Charlotte NC
  • Gibbs Museum, Charleston NC
  • Emory University Museum of Art
  • University of South Carolina
  • Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson MS
  • Georgia Council for the Arts
  • University of Mississippi

Juried Exhibitions

  • Northwestern Printmakers International
  • Boston Printmakers Annual Exhibition
  • Westchester Art Society Juried Graphics
  • Mainstreams, NY
  • 31st Audubon Artists Annual Exhibition
  • Southeastern Exhibit, Atlanta GA
  • MAA National Watercolor Exhibition
  • Atlanta Arts Festival
  • 30th Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Painting
  • Benedictine Awards, NY
  • Big Bend National Art Exhibition

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