Ray Tiger­man

South­west color

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Nashville, Ten­nessee-based painter Ray Tiger­man has al­ways had a fond ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the South­west, and for the past 22 years as a painter he’s had an un­der­stand­ing of the color and light of the South­west, too.

And then he went to Tubac, Ari­zona.

“I never thought Tubac could have in­flu­enced my paint­ing as much as it has, but then I re­ally spent some time here and it changed the way I paint,” Tiger­man says. “Color in par­tic­u­lar. I find my­self us­ing more pur­ples, dif­fer­ent kinds of blues…it’s given my work a dif­fer­ent aesthetic. Of course I’ve spent time in the South­west be­fore, but Tubac is just dif­fer­ent. It’s inspiring and at­mo­spheric with the all the saguaros and the dif­fer­ent wildlife. It has a raw and undis­cov­ered feel­ing to it.”

Tiger­man will be show­ing his new work at an ex­hi­bi­tion ti­tled Mys­ti­cal Cir­cles open­ing Fe­bru­ary 6 at Casa de Te­soro in Tubac. He be­came a fix­ture at the gallery a year and a half ago af­ter show­ing in their “short but very ro­bust sea­son, and then do­ing all of the big art fes­ti­vals.” He even­tu­ally be­came an artist in res­i­dence at the gallery, where he be­gan show­ing his con­tem­po­rary im­ages ren­dered in large chunks of color lay­ered over thick paint.

“Ray’s work is si­mul­ta­ne­ously ex­pres­sive and mys­te­ri­ous, col­or­ful, yet sub­tle,” says gallery direc­tor Sherry Reeve. “His fig­u­ra­tive works, which straddle the edge be­tween ab­stract and rep­re­sen­ta­tional, tell a story. They im­bue the viewer with a sense of some­thing be­yond the can­vas.”

Among his new works are se­ries of shaman paint­ings. “I’ve painted Na­tive Amer­i­can rid­ers, just sin­gle in­di­vid­u­als, for a long time. But with these shaman paint­ings, you can see an arc as my work pro­gresses. They em­body these sub­tle tones, with the col­ors and the with the multiple fig­ures. I paint with a pal­ette knife so the col­ors are very bold, and they are put on in thick


Works in­clude Mys­ti­cal Cir­cle, which shows five fig­ures stag­gered amid a deep pur­ple land and a muted golden-yel­low sky, and On the Trail, which de­picts a sin­gle rider wield­ing a long spear that cre­ates a dra­matic di­ag­o­nal line in the paint­ing’s de­sign.

“Col­lec­tors are telling me they like the thick­ness and the lay­ers, as well as my choice of col­ors. I want to con­tinue to evolve as I work,” Tiger­man says. “I also want my paint­ings to feel sculp­tural, as if the paint­ing is go­ing to reach out and grab the viewer and pull them into the story.”

The Gath­er­ing, acrylic on can­vas, 48 x 30"

Clockwise from above: acrylic on can­vas, 30 x 40”

Mys­ti­cal Cir­cle, Fac­ing West, acrylic on can­vas, 12 x 12” Spirit War­rior, acrylic on board, 12 x 12”

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