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Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits-who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The Lord works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed. He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel: The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.”

Psalm 103


Individuals shaped and molded by life’s joys as well as trials – individuals characterized by their permanence, by their ability to endure – it is these individuals who inhabit the artistic world of Dale Rayburn’s art. Although the artistic world inhabited by these individuals is often portrayed as regional – as what many consider as “typically southern,” Rayburn’s work transcends regional boundaries and stereotypes in both its portrayal of universal human experiences and emotions. Furthermore, Rayburn’s emphasis on line quality, on the interplay of positive space, of the characters he portrays – reflect the influence of such artists as Rembrandt, Thomas Eakins, and Edward Hopper. Born in Carriere, Mississippi, in 1942, Dale Rayburn considers himself fortunate that he is able to make a living doing what he loves most, yet he does not believe that he should compromise his artistic integrity by simply catering to the artistic whims of the moment. It is the work itself – being true to whatever idea which he wishes to portray – that is most important to him. As he noted “If my work is honest, it will have merit.”

Instructor at:
Louisiana State University
Lagrange College
University of Mississippi
Georgia Southwestern College
Dekalb College
Who’s Who in American Art

Who’s Who in America

High Museum of Atlanta
DeCordova Museum of Art
Yale University Art Gallery
Meridian Museum of Art
New Orleans Museum of Art
Lamar Dodd Art Center
Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art
Mint Museum
Gibbs Museum
Emory Museum of Art
Mississippi Museum of Art
Georgia Museum of Art

Brooklyn Museum of Art
The White House
Retrospective exhibition at the Meridian Museum, 2017

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