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Linda McCray Art Exhibition at the Holter Museum of Art

THE SPIRITUAL IN ABSTRACT: Paintings by Linda McCray
October 2-December 31, 2020
Holter Museum of Art

This exhibition features boundary-transcending abstract spiritual paintings by Clancy-based artist Linda McCray. All cultures throughout the ages have created spiritual artMcCray’s ethereal abstraction and soulful conceptual work brings up-to-date the oldest theme in art, the spiritual. While her provocative paintings have specific meaning to herself, McCray underlies her transcendent illuminations with cross-cultural sensibilities to ignite spiritual curiosity and unique experiences for all.

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Linda McCray: Artist-in-Residence at the Holter Museum of Art

 

Artist-In-Residency Project: The Gospel Truths Series
My goal as artist-in-residence at the Holter Museum of Art was to create a series of 4 paintings. I named this series The Gospel Truths Series because of its dualistic meaning. The Gospel Truths mean both the literal Word and the undeniable universal spiritual truths. I hope my paintings work on both points. These paintings were added to the initial installation upon completion.

Linda McCray, Helena IR Article

Newspaper Article

PAINTING TOWARD THE LIGHT: Linda McCray merges her art and spiritual life by Marga Lincoln


Virtual Tour
Art Exhibition
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Panel Discussion: The Spiritual in Abstract

How do art and spirituality connect? This lively discussion brings together history, spirituality, and art. Panelists: Hipólito Rafael Chacón, Ph.D.; Reverend Edward Hislop, M.Div., MA Liturgical Studies; and Linda McCray, MFA. Moderated by Cara Ewing, BFA.

Artist-In-Residency: Live Painting
Video to come!

Detail of painting by Linda McCray

Paintings in Exhibition

Immersed in Water & Spirit by Linda McCray

Immersed in Water & Spirit (The Gospel Truths Series)

Gold drip lines awaken us to the luminous Light of rebirth. Translucent white paint speaks of fresh water. Black paint made with ashes symbolizes dying to old ways.

Acrylic and ash with sand from the River Jordan and Montana on floating wood panel, 5 x 5', Private Collection

Family Tree of Oneness by Linda McCray

Family Tree of Oneness (The Gospel Truths Series)

Oneness of all is expressed through unified gold drip lines. Light is the core of our being, symbolized by a luminous tree trunk. Rich greens express life. The tree form can be read as a cross, which is often referred to as the tree of life.

Acrylic with sand from the River Jordan and Montana on floating wood panel, 5 x 5', $5,000 plus shipping

 

In the Beginning by Linda McCray 

In the Beginning (The Gospel Truths Series)

Light is revealed through pure mystical colors. Lively brush marks express spiritual nature or perhaps books opening. A circle of light symbolizes our Creator.

Acrylic with sand from the River Jordan and Montana on floating wood panel, 5 x 5', $5,000 plus shipping

Annunciation Moment by Linda McCray

Annunciation Moment (The Gospel Truths Series)

Light created with luminous layers of soft yellow paint overshadows. An enlightened moment is conveyed through a gold drip line shrouded in spattered paint. Rough dark colors are textured with sand from the River Jordan and Montana.

Acrylic with sand from the River Jordan and Montana on floating wood panel, 5 x 5', $5,000 plus shipping

Unity: opening to one another by Linda McCray

Unity: opening to one another

Shapes and lines are freely open to convey communities opening to one another in unity. Sacred architectural details express countless ways to the divine.

Acrylic with sand from the River Jordan and Montana on floating wood panel, 5 x 5', $5,000 plus shipping

Called to the Light by Linda McCray

Called to the Light

Through the fog of life, we are called to the Light. Our difficult times are expressed by moody subdued colors, stormy abrasive textures and modern drip lines. Unclear luminous yellows, purples and blues speak of our uncertain times.

Acrylic with sand from the River Jordan and Montana on floating wood panel, 5 x 5', $5,000 plus shipping

Glimmer of Grace by Linda McCray

Glimmer of Grace

Light pours down on us, even in turbulent times. Bold brushstrokes thrust dark browns, golden yellows and gray blues into chaos. Splashes of gold paint convey mysterious blessings in disguise.

Acrylic with sand from the River Jordan and Montana on floating wood panel, 7 x 7', $5,000 plus shipping

Rivers of Love by Linda McCray 

Rivers of Love

The Light of love emanates from the center and flows in all directions. Blue and light yellow lines express spiritual nourishment reaching all of us. Harmonious fields of unifying colors speak of diversity in our oneness. 

Acrylic with sand from the River Jordan and Montana on floating wood panel, 5 x 5', $5,000 plus shipping

Body & Spirit by Linda McCray

Body & Spirit

Our earthly body is portrayed with heavy textured paint grounded with sand from the River Jordan and Montana. The free flowing modern drip lines and droplets express our mystical spirit. The two entwine in wholeness. Transcendent blue gives way to sublime Light.

Acrylic with sand from the River Jordan and Montana on floating wood panel, 5 x 5', $5,000 plus shipping

Passion to Pentecost by Linda McCray

Passion to Pentecost

Passion and five wounds are symbolized with red drips, resurrection with gold drips upward, and Pentecost with a few white brushstrokes evoking a dove and the color red flaming down from above. The triptych format of three panels is a symbol for the Trinity, which came to be on Pentecost.

Acrylic with sand from the River Jordan and Montana on floating wood panel, 6 x 9.5', $9,750 plus shipping

Inner Light: Madonna and Child by Linda McCray

Inner Light: Madonna and Child

This painting was inspired by a traditional Madonna and Child icon. The large gold semicircle is a symbol for Madonna, and the smaller one her Child. They are portrayed by the holiness of their inner light, rather than their unique facial features. They represent all people. I hope my contemporary icon inspires others to see Light in mother, child and everyone. 

Acrylic with sand from the River Jordan and Montana on floating wood panel, 24 x 18", Private Collection

Embraced in Spirit by Linda McCray

Embraced in Spirit

Sweeping white textured paint forms a subtle abstract dove, a symbol for the Spirit. We are all embraced by the Spirit, which is conveyed by an encompassing elliptical mystical aura of light, blue and gold. Deep translucent blues immerse us in the cosmos and thundering gold directs us to the Light.

Acrylic with sand from the River Jordan and Montana on floating wood panel, 48 x 24", $2,500 plus shipping

Living Water by Linda McCray 

Living Water

A welling up of living water is conveyed through spattered deep blue paint in an upward direction. An explosion of colors, from light yellow to burnt orange, symbolizes radiating Light.  

Acrylic with sand from the River Jordan and Montana on floating wood panel, 24 x 24", $1,500 plus shipping

Comfort by Linda McCray 

Comfort

While I was painting, I was reflecting on the comfort of being held in the womb of Sophia Wisdom, the Wisdom of our Creator. The outer large circle symbolizes Sophia Wisdom and the inner small circle one of us, open and receiving her Light. The deep rose color and gold express feminine divinity. The cosmic colors mysteriously take us beyond.

Acrylic with sand from the River Jordan and Montana on floating wood panel, 24 x 24", Private Collection

 Light of Hope by Linda McCray

Light of Hope

From this darkness, I invite everyone into the blazing orange light of warmth and peace. Universal tough times are expressed through rough green texture, blue emotions, and red drips of pain.  

Acrylic with sand from the River Jordan and Montana on floating wood panel, 36" x 42", Private Collection

 Rays of Peace by Linda McCray

Rays of Peace

Rays of peace are conveyed through modern gold drip lines flowing from a field of blue. Bold white brush marks symbolize the Spirit, from which dramatic spattered gold rays of peace touch all of us. I was inspired by Baroque art that is known for its use of gold and drama.

Acrylic with sand from the River Jordan and Montana on floating wood panel, 36" x 70", $4,000 plus shipping

I Am by Linda McCray

I Am

The inner gold and radiating light of this unscathed burning bush symbolizes “I Am.” 

Acrylic with sand from the River Jordan and Montana on floating wood panel, 17" x 30", $1,375 plus shipping

In & Within by Linda McCray

In & Within

The mystery of our Creator all around us is conveyed with the outer gestural implied circle and spectrum of subtle colors. The square speaks of our humanity and the small circle our inner light. Traditionally, circles symbolize divinity and squares humanity.

 Acrylic with sand from the River Jordan and Montana on floating wood panel, 12 x 12", $500 plus shipping

Gathering into One Spirit by Linda McCray 

Gathering into One Spirit

Regardless of our diverse journeys, we yearn to gather into one spirit. We are represented by gold circles. Distinct circles represent individuals who are beginning to gather, overlapping circles represent supporting one another along our way and dissolving circles convey becoming one Spirit of Light.

Acrylic with sand from the River Jordan and Montana on floating wood panel, 12 x 12", $500 plus shipping

 Presence by Linda McCray

True Presence

Enter into the warmth and peace of the Light through yellows, oranges and earth tones.

Acrylic with sand from the River Jordan and Montana on floating wood panel, 24 x 24", $1,500 plus shipping

 Two Hearts in One by Linda McCray

Two Hearts in One

The outer red heart symbolizes our human hearts and the inner heart of light our Spirit. Light radiates from our hearts. The celestial orb of thrown gold paint can be interpreted in countless ways, including a crown of thorns and the energy of love.

Acrylic with sand from the River Jordan and Montana on floating wood panel, 12 x 12", $500 plus shipping

 Epiphany by Linda McCray

Epiphany

Sweeping textured gold paint creates a shelter for the family. Red silhouettes portray people following a mysterious golden light. A mystical sky is illuminated with lively yellows and purples. The Epiphany story is in a globe shape to express the Light of the world!

Acrylic with sand from the River Jordan and Montana on floating wood panel, 12 x 12", Holter Museum of Art Permanent Collection

 Healing Light by Linda McCray

Healing Light

Whether we look within to our individual brokenness or outward to global division, Light heals us.

Acrylic with sand from the River Jordan and Montana on floating wood panel, 18 x 18", $500 plus shipping

Manna by Linda McCray 

Manna

Gold droplets softly rain down to evoke the mystical grace of manna, bread from above. The mystery of spiritual nourishment flows in celestial blues, purples and greens. Modern gold drip lines transport winds of the Spirit. 

Acrylic with sand from the River Jordan and Montana on floating wood panel, 18 x 24", $1,250 plus shipping

 


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