University of Oregon
University of Oregon Libraries
Digital Collections

Oregon Percent for Art

Skip to content  Collection Home : Browse Collection : Advanced Search : Preferences : My Favorites    
add to favorites : reference url : download back to results : previous : next
OAC IdentifierGRA: 89-13
Artwork DescriptionTwo subtley rendered male forms emerge as well as an axe emerge from dark blocks of layered color.
Description on ObjectBull Trout; Don Gray; acrylic on paper; 18.25 x 31 inches; © 1985
NotesThis artwork was awarded in 1989 to Western Oregon State College (WOSC). WOSC became Western Oregon University in 1997.
For a map of the campus, see

Artist StatementBulltrout is one of an ongoing series of paintings related to old family photographs. Such a strange experience, confronting ourselves in old snapshots. Our chuckle usually disguises a peculiar sense of unease. That's not me. Could that really be me? Yes, I remember trying to look manly and casual for the camera, while holding the biggest fish I'd ever caught. When I recall the glistening, fast-fading beauty of that wonderful trout's silver skin I'm still overwhelmed with contradictory emotions. And my father, years before I was born, caught almost unawares in camp at Francis Lake. His sidelong glance seems oblivious as it passes through time. How do I reconcile this image with the frail old man I see today, sitting quietly in his wheelchair? I have tried to stop reassuring myself that my paintings contain answers. I now see they are more like questions- questions posed against the complex and ultimately mysterious nature of life. To this end I have tried to let the ambiguous, the unknowable play a greater role in my art. It seems to me this more accurately reflects my experience of the world. (Gray, 1989.)
LC SubjectPainting
Acrylic painting
Human figure in art
AAT Subjectpainting (image-making)
paintings (visual works)
acrylic paintings
CreatorGray, Don
Artist URL
Regional Arts CouncilThe Oregon Arts Commission has ten Regional Arts Councils that provide delivery of art services and information. The Council for this location is: Mid-Valley Arts. You may view their website at:
Artwork Creation Date1985
Award Date(s)1989
Installation Date1989
Artwork Measurements18.5 x 31 inches
Materials/Techniqueacrylic on heavyweight rag barrier paper
Source Formatslide
Artwork SiteMonmouth Oregon. Western Oregon University. Residence Hall
Locationsecond floor lobby
Site Address345 N. Monmouth Ave., Monmouth Oregon
CountyPolk County, Oregon
Image Processing HistoryMaster tiff image captured at 4000 pixels across the long edge using SilverFast AI 6.0 software. Digital images in tiff format are archived and saved. Adobe Photoshop CS2 used to reorient and crop image, set and neutralize shadow and highlight points, adjust levels, contrast and sharpen as needed. Second production tiff saved. Color profile converted from Adobe RGB (1998) to sRGB IEC61966-2.1, resolution revised to 125 pixels, resize longer dimension to 875 pixels; save display jpeg at quality level 6.
RightsCopyright is retained by the artist or author. All rights reserved.
ContributorsUniversity of Oregon Libraries; Oregon Arts Commission
PublisherUniversity of Oregon Libraries
Digital Collection TitleUniversity of Oregon. Libraries. Oregon Public Percent for Art Digital Collection.
Contributing InstitutionContributing Institution
add to favorites : reference url : download back to results : previous : next
University of Oregon Libraries | Oregon State University Libraries | Contact Us ^ to top ^