He was initially a watercolorist, specializing in rural and urban scences in the Midwest characterized by very strong color. (Shortly before his death, when asked by a clergyman to describe what he believed in, Rainey replied "Color.") Later he originated a medium he called "petronexus" -- bas-relief paintings of wood, stone, jesso, and color.
Born 1914, Jackson, Mississippi, Rainey studied art at the School of the Chicago Art Institute (BFA, MFA). He studied with F. Chapin, B. Anisfield, and cited as his major influence the work of Grant Wood. He served as Director of the North Canton Little Art Gallery from 1947 to 1968, and from 1950 to 1984, he owned the Ad Scribe advertising agency.
Northwest Print Makers 1945 (prize); Canton Art Institute 1946 (prize); Art Institute of Chciago 1938, 1940, 1942, 1944, 1946; Providence Art Club 1945; Massillon Museum 1945; Canton Art Institute 1946 (one-man show).
North Canton Little Art Gallery, North Canton, OH
Canton Art Institute, Canton, OH
Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
Seattle Museum of Art, Seattle, WA
American Society for Aesthetics
Robert Rainey died in North Canton, Ohio in 2002.
Information courtesy of the artist's son, R. Lee Rainey