RESUME:  Carl Rainey

Self Taught:  I'm a self taught artist who found art at 20 years old accidentally.  At Ga. Tech I really loved the freshman year of engineering graphics classes--they were thought classes mostly, but many straight and curved lines and 3-D shapes too.  I had a surgery after two years in college that slowed my education and pushed me to a different path. I started painting pictures then, and found I liked  it.  Then recovering from this surgery, I worked at GDOT- yep--the Georgia Dept of Transportation in downtown Atlanta for a year and a half, and that too involved a lot of straight lines and other types of lines and shapes.  And during that time I continued doing art and got better at it.  I made some good money for a while, but it wasn't enough to sustain.  So I had to go make a living, so after a while struggling, I joined the job market and spent 29-1/2 years as an engineer at Scientific Atlanta, while working in moderate studios as best as I could, finally retiring so that I could do my art full time.

1.  New Series:  Geom Color Vector Series:  renamed Nebula Series.
This new series is about looking for meaning and beauty in iconographic moving shapes and a variety of changing color patterns over time.   I think my iconography comes from my interest in science and astronomy, and from seeing images of Mayan, Inca, American Indian, and Middle Eastern civilizations growing up.

2.  The Indian River Series:   This series comes out of my line drawing experiences growing up and from my college engineering graphics classes.  

The Indian River Series consists of designs in a series built in 3 different dimensions: 1x and 2x and 4x.

3.  Star Series: This is an older series, but I have the drawings for 5-12 sided segments that I would still like to complete.

I try to be aware of some of these spacial issues as I do the work, alone or in combination:  that being literal space, depicted space, two dimensional and three dimensional space, including 4th dimensional space, and space as we see it every day, and even all the scientific equipment versions of the electromagnetic spectrum, from infrared to light to x-rays to gamma rays, etc. 

And there are the main other human spaces as well,  including our inner spaces and our spiritual and cosmic and psychological and mystic spaces.  

MAJOR ART INFLUENCES:  The major art influences on my art have been Wassily Kandinsky, Jackson Pollock, Frank Stella, the Minimalists and the Constructivists; and now James Turrell, and the California Light and Color art movement--good to find out a movement I relate to, and to the Fetish Finish California group from way back and still around.  And others.

2019: Hambidge Center Auction, Halloween Bash.  One of 10 invited artists to be the entertainment, with one piece in the auction.
1983: One Person Show: Valdosta State College:  Electronic Tapestries:  Lisa Kent-Tapestries, Carl Rainey-Electronics.
1981: Group Show: "Into the Night" at Nexus Gallery-Atlanta--Electronic Tapestries: Lisa Kent-Tapestries, Carl Rainey-Electronics.
1976: Georgia Institute of Technology: paintings-Student Center show.
1972: Paintings-Represented by Gallery Illien, Atlanta, Ga.
1972: Urban Walls finalist: 1of 15 of 200. Works of 15 in group show at High Museum.

John Portman and Associates; Georgia Tech Student Center; Various Collections

Georgia Institute of Technology

29-1/2 year electrical engineering career.  "Worked as artist as best as I could 'very part time' during this career phase time of life".

2009-retired with more time to do art.