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Henry Cleveland Ransom
PO Box 814
Historic Madison, GA  30650
Phone: 706-485-4530


Born: 1942 (Chattanooga, Tennessee)

Lived/Active: Georgia/Tennessee / China

Profession(s): Painter

Known for: Still Life, Figural

Style(s): Realist

Medium(s): Oil, Pencil, Acrylic

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Artist Biography:
Henry Ransom (1942-)born in Chattanooga, TN. Graduated in 1964 with a BFA in painting from the University of Georgia. From 1965-1970 served to the rank of captain in the US Army. In off duty time during six years of Active duty, he did a lot of landscape plein air drawing. Three and a half of those six years were spent in Asia including Japan, Thailand and Vietnam. The travel and visual images experienced during those years influenced the development of today's "Earthscape" motif.

Returning to the University of Georgia in 1970, he received an MFA in painting 1972. Upon graduation, he turned professional as a realist painter. Working from life, the stimulus for his early work 1972-1975 utilized the human figure. Moving to a farming community in 1975, he gradually turned to still life painting, developing an aerial view. The result, first, was the "Sheetscape" series which was the subject of his FAR Gallery, New York, NY exhibition in 1978. The "Earthscape" series evolved from that and an early interest in landscape but with a twist, still life as landscape. Earth elements, as the subject, offer unlimited visual possibilities for creating a tapestry, in paint and pencil, of differing textures which draw the viewer into the work. The randomness of the work, is like a walk through an informal garden where visual surprises are around every turn.

Henry Ransom has exhibited nationally in many one man and group shows. His work has been represented in galleries and museums from Atlanta to New York. His paintings are drawn from a rich southern heritage as well as his love for Asia. Although his studio and home are in Georgia, he spends about six months out of each year living, traveling and working in Asia.

Studied:
University of Georgia, Athens, GA; 1960-1964; BFA
University of Georgia, Athens, GA; 1970-1972; MFA

Museums:
Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio
Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, Tennessee
Madison Museum of Fine Art, Madison, Georgia
Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, North Carolina
Montgomery Museum of Art, Montgomery, Alabama


Exhibition Record (Museums, Institutions and Awards):
1976, Montgomery Museum of Art, Montgomery, AL, Solo Exhibition
1976, Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, TN, Solo Exhibition
1976, Mint museum of Art, Charlotte, NC, Solo Exhibition
1979, Westmoreland County Museum of art, Greenburg, PA, Group
1979, Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS, Group
1980, National Academy of Design, Annual Exhibition, Julius Hallgarten Prize, NY
1980, National Academy of Design, Henry W. Ranger Exhibition, NY



Exhibition Record (Galleries and Art Shows):
1978, FAR Gallery, NY,NY, Solo Exhibition

Magazine and Newspaper References:
1978, Arts Magazine,Title (unk)

Dealers or Representatives:
Edward Fritzi

Artist Statement:

The task of seeing/drawing is an endless struggle. The act of applying paint to canvas involves manual dexterity or technical skill which can be developed with work and time. Painting is easy. The struggle is with seeing; letting the eye, a composite of our conscious and unconscious experiences, overcome a myriad of visual preconceptions about what is and see a world without identification, a world universally abstract. It is endless in that struggling to see in this manner creates for the artist an inexhaustible array of visual stimuli from which to draw for the work.  
                                                          Henry Ransom

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