In connection with an exhibit of Ray Komer’s work at Pacific Sky
Exhibitions, Jack Ryan will give a free illustrated talk about this local, under-recognized
artist. Komer left an impressive collection of drawings, paintings, collages,
and sculpture. This talk will touch on his life and times, present a visual survey
of his art, and locate his work in a historical context.
Born to a young single mother who could not keep him, Ray Komer
was raised as an orphan, including time spent at Father Flanagan’s famous Boys
Town. Komer found his way out of an abbreviated stint in the US Navy and headed
to California where he lived and traveled up and down the coast. In the early
90’s, he moved to Portland and then later became a long time resident of Eugene
where he found a welcoming environment to produce huge volumes of his art. His
work was shaped by his idiosyncratic personality, outsider identity, and later
his research into European and American modernism. Komer died in 2000 while out
dancing in downtown Eugene.
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