Robert Rasely 1950–2005

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 to 1982, studying with Will Barnet, Arthur DeCosta, Sidney Goodman, and Henry Pearson. In 1981 he received the William Emlen Cresson Scholarship, which allowed him to study in the Netherlands and Italy. The winner of numerous awards, Rasely was prolific during his relatively short career. Rasely was the subject of solo exhibitions at the Charles Campbell Gallery, San Francisco and Allan Stone Gallery, New York, and was included in group exhibitions at the Bruce Museum, Greenwich and the National Academy of Design, New York.

A synthesis of Surrealism, Baroque, Grotesque, and Italian Renaissance, Rasely’s paintings envision an altered netherworld, with dreamlike interiors and landscapes of ambiguous organisms. Quirky and nostalgic, though at times affected by a prevailing sense of unease, Rasely’s work combines the manic characteristics of a Bosch inferno with the delicate handling of Dutch vanitas paintings. What appears to be allusions to spirituality and holy significance are not overt allegories, but rather avenues and portals to engage the subconscious. Using fine brushes, hand-ground pigments, and a delicate touch, his lightly glazed oil-on-panel renderings of chimerical scenes and obscure symbols create a surreal atmosphere. Rasely's imagery of sacred hearts, birds, wells, innards, and decaying fruit challenges the viewer to find a concealed meaning within each painting. To wander through his enigmatic landscapes is to search the subconscious for the significance of life, and for the nature of beauty and ugliness.

Upcoming Lots Robert Rasely

ROBERT RASELY, Our Second Coming Made Stones Sing Like Birds; Within the Precincts of Heaven (Serenely Frenetic) (two works) | ragoarts.com

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Robert Rasely

Our Second Coming Made Stones Sing Like Birds; Within the Precincts of Heaven (Serenely Frenetic) (two works)

estimate: $1,000–1,500

Auction Results Robert Rasely

ROBERT RASELY, The Mystery & Power of Science; Untitled (two works) | ragoarts.com

Robert Rasely

The Mystery & Power of Science; Untitled (two works)

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $1,105
ROBERT RASELY, three works | ragoarts.com

Robert Rasely

three works

estimate: $1,500–2,500
result: $750
ROBERT RASELY, Untitled; Ceremony (two works) | ragoarts.com

Robert Rasely

Untitled; Ceremony (two works)

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $1,170
ROBERT RASELY, Harvest | ragoarts.com

Robert Rasely

Harvest

estimate: $600–800
result: $390
ROBERT RASELY, Celery Hall (Series October); Dragged by the Force of an Inner Tide (two works) | ragoarts.com

Robert Rasely

Celery Hall (Series October); Dragged by the Force of an Inner Tide (two works)

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $1,000
ROBERT RASELY, Blessing of the Harvest; Untitled Still-life with 2 Tendrils and a Japanese Lantern (two works) | ragoarts.com

Robert Rasely

Blessing of the Harvest; Untitled Still-life with 2 Tendrils and a Japanese Lantern (two works)

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $1,063
ROBERT RASELY, Recalling a Galvanic Moment (Learning to Savor the Scars of Remorse) | ragoarts.com

Robert Rasely

Recalling a Galvanic Moment (Learning to Savor the Scars of Remorse)

estimate: $600–800
result: $390
ROBERT RASELY, My Seed Will Take Purchase In Your Soul | ragoarts.com

Robert Rasely

My Seed Will Take Purchase In Your Soul

estimate: $600–800
result: $563
ROBERT RASELY, Untitled | ragoarts.com

Robert Rasely

Untitled

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $1,000
ROBERT RASELY, Ceremony; Treasures from the Candy House (two works) | ragoarts.com

Robert Rasely

Ceremony; Treasures from the Candy House (two works)

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $1,063
ROBERT RASELY, Respite | ragoarts.com

Robert Rasely

Respite

estimate: $600–800
result: $813
ROBERT RASELY, American Flyer (Comet) | ragoarts.com

Robert Rasely

American Flyer (Comet)

estimate: $800–1,000
result: $563
ROBERT RASELY, Our Back 40 | ragoarts.com

Robert Rasely

Our Back 40

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $910
ROBERT RASELY, New Exhibit @ Honesdale Train Museum | ragoarts.com

Robert Rasely

New Exhibit @ Honesdale Train Museum

estimate: $600–800
result: $375
ROBERT RASELY, Twilight on Cuckoo Island - A Tourist Pauses to Catch his Breath - Blushing, The Line Where Shadows Shift (Pike County Memoirs) and Between the Wolf and the Dog (three works) | ragoarts.com

Robert Rasely

Twilight on Cuckoo Island - A Tourist Pauses to Catch his Breath - Blushing, The Line Where Shadows Shift (Pike County Memoirs) and Between the Wolf and the Dog (three works)

estimate: $1,500–2,500
result: $1,500