Nat Krate "Self Portrait" Oil on canvas

Nat Krate at 90: A Retrospective & Figurative/Narrative: Lynn Davison & Gale Fulton Ross

June 26 – July 31, 2009


Friday, June 26, 2009, 5–7 p.m.  

Gallery I

A retrospective exhibition of the work of painter Nat Krate will open with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 26 at Selby Gallery on the campus of the Ringling College of Art and Design. The exhibition will present the award-winning realist artist’s figurative paintings, metaphorical nudes, and his highly precise images of flowers and exotic plants.

After retiring from his successful advertising agency in 1980, Krate and his wife Helen moved to Longboat Key. Krate had studied painting at the Art Students League and Pratt Institute in New York in the late 1930s, but was not able to devote full time to his art until he was 62. He quickly began to win awards in regional competitions and has taken part in group exhibitions at museums throughout the Southeast including Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art, Huntsville Museum of Art, Mobile Museum of Art, Orlando Museum of Art and the Ringling Museum of Art.

Krate recently celebrated his 90th birthday and is still painting. The exhibition will open on Nat and Helen’s 43rd wedding anniversary.


Gallery II
In conjunction with the Nat Krate exhibition, the expressive figurative work of Gale Fulton Ross and Lynn Davison will be shown in Gallery II. Ross received her MFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts and became known for her portraits of such African American luminaries as Billie Holiday, Jackie Robinson, A. Philip Randolph, and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Among the collections that own Ross’ work are the Women’s Museum of Art, Boston Museum of Fine Art, American Museum of African American Art and the California Museum of African American Art.

Lynn Davison graduated from the Ringling School of Art and Design and has had a very successful career as a painter for more than 30 years. Her often strange and sometimes slightly disturbing paintings have been purchased by numerous private and public collections including the Butler Museum of American Art, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Polk Museum of Art and the Ringling Museum. Both Ross and Davison are with Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art in Sarasota.

Lynn Davison "Duet for Dogs", 2008 Oil on canvas