ABOUT THE ARTIST
Music and art have always been a historical pairing, as is evident in Ray Lagstein's work.
His improvisational music has evolved into painting, a process of experimentation marked by intuitive perception. The abstractions, organic in nature, are rich with the sensuality of color and gestural lines: they area constant improvisational experience.
Lagstein's richly textural surfaces are highlighted by strong accents and vigorous brush strokes, often using rags and knives. The compositions are not methodical or premeditated, rather they are insightfully reviewed by the artist, in the moment. His style provides for an expanse of compositional variation with the persistent ambience of musical energy.
Lagstein has studied with Eleanor Grace Miller at RoCA for many years, as well as Gale Bennett, in Giverney, France, and Nigel Konstam at the Verrocchio Art Center in Tuscany. Recent exhibits have been at the Union Art Center in Sparkill, New York, the Amis Gallery in Nyack, New York, and various venues in connection with the Nyack Art Collective, of which he is one of the founding members.
He currently performs in the jazz harmony group, High 5 Vocalworks.
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