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Ramsey art at Parsons Bruce
SoVaNow.com / April 01, 2013Parsons-Bruce Art Association will feature the works of local artist, Philip Ramsey during the month of May.
Ramsey began his career as a mural artist in the early 1990’s and has painted over 100 murals for businesses and residences in Virginia and North Carolina.
During the early years of his career, he also taught private art lessons and later studied informally under internationally renowned portrait artist, John de la Vega.
As a student of de la Vega, Ramsey learned the art of fine oil portraits and continues to accept portrait commissions from a wide spectrum of clients. He also paints original impressionistic oil paintings. National and international private collectors own commissioned pieces, or Ramsey originals purchased from fine art galleries.
Ramsey has taught workshops and private lessons, performed live painting demonstrations to various groups and classes, and has won many awards and honors throughout his career.
One of his latest works, “Kingdom of Heaven,” will be featured at the exhibit. Ramsey said the inspiration for this piece came to him in a song. “The other day I was listening to Norah Jones singing ‘Carnival Town’ and the image for this painting came to my mind. I named it ‘Kingdom of Heaven’ because the beautiful Savior said let the little children come to me and do not hinder them because the kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.”
Ramsey adds, “I am also working on two new paintings for the exhibit that are centered around the bar at Molasses Grill in Halifax.”
The opening of the exhibit is planned for Sunday, May 5 in the Bob Cage Gallery at The Prizery. A reception in the artist’s honor is planned from 3-5 pm and the public is invited to attend.