Largest Mural Commission to Begin in December!

I established Ray Harvey Art in 1986 and in that time I have created over 200 murals, fine art commissions and decorative finishes. These projects have included the installation of paintings in hotels, restaurants, offices, churches and residences. This December I will begin the largest commission of my career in terms of size and scope.
I have entered into an agreement with JP Quick Development which will challenge my artistic talents for at least twelve months. The down economy and foreclosures have been a positive for a few developers and this is the situation here. Picture a defunct Holiday Inn Holi-dome motel. Now take that structure and completely strip it out. Keep the bones but rebuild the entire structure with 750 square foot bungalows surrounding the enclosed atrium. Include a pool, spa and cafe in the controlled-climate naturally lit common space. While you’re at it, why not build a theater, chapel, health club, pharmacy, dime-store and saloon? This is the vision of the development company taking on this project.
I will be the one artist called upon to transform the 16′ tall and 500′ long atrium wall into a neighborhood setting with the use of paint. The mural will depict a 1920 row-house neighborhood complete with brown stone home fronts, city hall, trees and virtual neighbors. This is my largest “one piece” painting in the last twenty-six years. This part of the puzzle is expected to take over four months to complete. At its completion I will then move into the front area of the building and begin several smaller, yet large, murals in the chapel, theater and other venues. All together the work will last twelve months. At that time seniors will have an all-inclusive living facility they can call home. An estimate of occupation is not known at this time.

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Solutions For Healthcare Commission New Mural For Kentucky Facility

This week Ray Harvey Art received a new mural commission from Solutions For Healthcare, a designer of healthcare facilities located in Osage Beach, MO. The art will eventually installed in the dining area of an existing facility in Clinton, KY. The scene which will depict a vintage diner including celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and of course Elvis. Fun scenes as this can brighten the day of a resident and bring pride to the home. Ray Harvey will complete the painting in his studio and travel to Kentucky when finished for the installation. Harvey was asked how he felt having his art displayed in healthcare facilities as this. “First of all,” he said, ” these centers are not like the nursing homes of old. Due to the demand of care for older citizens these days there is much competition. Any way we can bring a smile to a resident and family members is well worth it. I suppose having my art hang here instead of a public museum or high browed residence isn’t quite as romantic as it could be. But image isn’t what I paint for. Watching the eyes of the viewer is where it counts. So why shouldn’t the residents of these centers get to appreciate original art. Do you somehow outgrow the eye for beauty?” To date Mr. Harvey’s largest healthcare mural actually is displayed in Mobile, AL where he created four 250′ long scenes. This new painting in Kentucky will be pretty small to Harvey’s standards but just as detailed including the characters, a jukebox, vintage signage and a window scene depicting downtown Clinton.
The painting should be in the design stage next week and is expected to be completed towards the end of November.

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Cuba MO Beautification Group Introduces New Christmas Print!

Viva Cuba is the beautification group responsible for the town’s mural project that has made the city known the length of Route 66. They originally wanted to develop a heritage mural project to depict notable happenings in history around the town. What has developed could never have been anticipated. There are twelve sponsored murals with many more private commissions. The city has the distinction of being named officially Mural City USA!
Now the group has commissioned Ray Harvey to bring the whole scene to life during the Christmas season. The original painting created by Ray Harvey is in the possession and displayed at Peoples Bank in Cuba. The image was also used to produce a set of open edition prints to be available to the public. This poster was presented for the first public viewing at the CubaFest celebration this past weekend. The artist was available for discussion and to sign copies of the poster. The initial sales are brisk for this art and are being sold throughout the holiday season. Details and more of the story can be viewed at this link: http://cubamomurals.com/wordpress/2012/10/cuba-the-small-town-with-big-ideas-features-its-own-christmas-print/

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New Celebrity Mural Displayed at the J Buck’s Clayton Location!

J Buck’s Restaurant has been a hot spot in Clayton for many years. Now it’s better than ever. The venue has gone through a major decorating renovation with an updated menu. The new menu will include a selection of house-smoked meats with an emphasis of more casual dining. The dining room has gone through an impressive face-lift. Metallic finishes, mid-century lighting and modern textures add to the contemporary atmosphere.
In the bar and meeting area hangs an original painted mural by Ray Harvey. He was commissioned by owner Doug Albrecht to create a panoramic painting depicting celebrity and sports figures from St. Louis. There are eighteen portraits spanning the width of fifty feet. Included are John Goodman, Tina Turner, Joe and Jack Buck, Nelly, Ozzie Smith and Andy Cohen among other notables.This artwork is the fourth at a Joe Bucks establishment this year.

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New Mural Commission Received From J Buck’s Clayton Location

It is official, Ray Harvey Art has received its’ latest commission for another mural for the Joe Buck’s organization. It was February when work began on the first three paintings for Joe Buck’s Restaurant downtown location. Now the Clayton venue of J Buck’s is getting a facelift and will include more Ray Harvey original art!
This painting will measure fifty-five feet long and will include around twenty portraits of sports stars and local celebrities. Some of the selected celebrities include Jon Hamm, Nelly, John Goodman, Scott Joplin, Chuck Berry and Tina Turner. The original art will circle the wall in the bar area. In addition, some large scale prints of the original three murals will be reproduced for other areas in the restaurant. The renovations are expected to be completed by the first week of September.

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Christmas in May? Believe It.

The first planning meeting for the painting “T’was the Night Before Christmas Over Route 66/Cuba” took place this morning. While many details are yet to be determined the patrons and Ray Harvey met to discuss the basic plan for the art. The painting, while owned by the patrons, will be loaned to the Viva Cuba committee for reproduction. The original art and subsequent product will be on display at CubaFest this October. The art will depict a snowy Christmas Eve on Route 66 in Cuba, Mo along with Santa, sleigh and reindeer. Many of the murals and popular notable Cuba locations will also be included. Stay tuned for more updates as the project progresses.
The art shown here is the painting ” T’was the Night Before Christmas Over Washington” painted in 2007.

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Mural Unveiling at Joe Buck’s is Great Success!



On April first it was out with the old and in with the new. Murals that is! The three new sports murals were delivered to the downtown location in the morning, installed by a dedicated crew of carpenters and then unveiled that evening. Over 150 guests were in attendance for the charity event committed to St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
The guests were treated to satellite food stations in order to sample some of the best bar-b-que food St. Louis has to offer. This included Ribs, Brisket, Turkey and Wings. The great meal was paired with selected beers from Anhueser Busch.
There was a brief entertainment session where Football Hall of Fame player, Dan Dierdorf, played MC and gave his thoughts on the Rams, football in general and the success of sports in St. Louis. The artist, Ray Harvey, was introduced by Mr. Dierdorf where they entered into a discussion of the three sports murals. Everyone in attendance was given a collectable poster depicting the three paintings and signed by the artist. The posters are available at Joe Buck’s Restaurant for $50 each and are signed by selected sports stars. One hundred per cent of the cost goes directly to the hospital.


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New Art to be Created at Holy Cross Church

Father James Finder has commissioned Ray Harvey to add to the work already completed in the sanctuary. A few years ago Mr. Harvey was called upon to put a creative touch with murals, decorative finishes and gilding to St. Michaels, St. Francis and Holy Cross Church in Cuba, MO. Now, Father James is calling him back to Holy Cross to continue the beautification. Three paintings and gilding were put in place in 2006. Ray Harvey will be adding even more gilding in the stations of the cross areas and a detailed carved motif on the side alters. Towards the rear of the church two 4′ x 5′ illustrations of chosen saints will be painted and aded to the walls. Completion is expected before easter Sunday on April 8th.

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Busy February for Ray Harvey Art!

One would think an artist that specializes in public murals would spend a lot of time in February waiting for the scenery to change outside of the window. Not so for me. Not all of my work is outside and not all of my work is illustration. For example, last night I traveled to St. Charles, MO to add one more restaurant venue to my developing photo series titled “Behind the Swinging Doors.” This series captures the command center of any restaurant, the kitchen. I take a vintage 1940′s panoramic camera and get in close with the staff, the food and the fire. The black & white panoramic images present the life a customer never sees in his favorite restaurant. I am choosing popular restaurants by region in and around St. Louis. Last night was “Grappa Grill”, my St. Charles representative. Look forward to the free photo samples this week!
Tomorrow I finish the second project in Washington, MO in the last twelve months. The new Victorian Manor Memory Center will be completed for me. I have left them with over a dozen artfully conceived backdrop murals for the residents. The entire facility will be finished by the end of February. This project marks the sixth healthcare facility with the Quick Development Company.
This week will also usher in the long awaited painting of three large sports murals for Joe Buck’s restaurant in downtown St. Louis. The designs have been approved and preliminary work has started but, this week the paintings are the top of the list for creation. All three will be completed by March when the images will then go to print and to the wall. There will be posters available at an anticipated unveiling party to be announced in March. All will be in place before the opening pitch of the 2012 Baseball season.
In addition, there has been agreement with my Viva Cuba mural friends in Cuba, MO for a new easel-size painting to be created. This painting will depict “The Night Before Christmas on Route 66″ in Cuba, MO. The painting will become the property of a local patron to be announced. The image will be used in the continual marketing of the famous Route 66 town in posters and other items. This art will be officially promoted during CubaFest 2012 this October. Design discussions will begin soon however.
Along with these projects, there is talk of an additional Route 66 mural in another popular Mother Road destination, a mural at a new landscape nursery and possibly some spiritual additions to one of my previously painted venues. This is all I can say now but look forward to all of these projects becoming a reality this year. Follow along on my Twitter feed at RayHarveyArt!

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RayHarveyArt Receives Sports Commission from Joe Buck’s Restaurant!

The owner of Joe Buck’s Restaurant in downtown St. Louis has just commissioned Ray Harvey to create three large sports murals for display in the venue. The site sits only blocks from home plate at Busch Stadium. The scenes will depict St. Louis sports in all of it’s glory. The far left mural will be dedicated to baseball, cardinals players and the ’06 and ’11 World series. The center painting will show the broadcasting of Joe Buck with the skyline in the background and his booth partners, select stars and his now famous re-creation call of “See You Tomorrow Night.” The right-hand scene will cover Hockey and Football with the three Hall of Fame Blues hockey players and some of the Big Red Players from Cardinal football. The three paintings are fifteen feet wide and five feet tall. Each painting will be an original on canvas. They will replace the b/w photographs that hang there now. The design process is in the beginning stages but the only deadline is to have the art finished and installed by the opening of Baseball season.
Ray Harvey is not foreign to the St. louis sports scene after his forty-eight foot wide mural of St. Louis sports in 1999 for Fair St. Louis and his Official Artist status during the PGA Championship at Bellerive CC. Prints of each of the three scenes are planned to be available at the restaurant following installation.

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