Figurative painter Harry Paul Ally gives form to mankind's innate and primal impulse to create, to record its existence, as part of the timeless search for meaning and identity: "Painting is the primal impulse to mark. It's a visual record of the mind, the body, and the human spirit. The works are an existential search for an abstract presence, an intuitive search into the unknown, a search for truth revealed through distortion and through exaggeration," Ally explains.

Harry Paul Ally utilizes a wide variety of materials - dry pigments, acrylics, tar, fabrics, oils, bonding agents, and different clays dug from the Georgia soil - "From these materials the figurative images are unearthed," Ally states. "There is a markedly primitive feel to Harry Paul Ally's work. Even with his raw figures, each canvas seems like a realistic moment in nature," comments Bill Lowe.

Harry Paul Ally is recognized as one of the South's finest painters, and has had a properous collaboration with the Bill Lowe Gallery for several years. He has been a professor of drawing and painting at Valdosta State University in Georgia for more than 20 years. Harry Paul Ally has exhibited extensively since the early 1970s, and is the recipient of numerous artistic awards and recognitions.

BORN
1949 in Somerville, NJ
Lives and works in Ohio and Georgia

EDUCATION
1976 MFA, (Drawing, Painting, and Ceramics), North Texas State University, Denton, TX
1972 BFA, (Painting and Ceramics), Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2007 “Harry Ally: Recent Drawings and Paintings,” The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
-- “Harry Ally: Recent Drawings and Paintings,” Hildegard’s, Valdosta, GA

2006 “Twelve New Paintings,” The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
-- “Exhibition of Recent Work,” Kresge Gallery, Lyon College, Batesville, AK

2003 The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA

1996 “Idiots and Other Figures,” Georgia Southwestern College, Americus, GA

1995 “Idiots and Other Figures,” Warren Wilson College, Swannonoa, NC

1993 “Recent Works: An Exhibition of Drawings, Paintings, and Monotypes,” Dekalb College, Atlanta, GA

1986 One Man Exhibition, North Florida Junior College, Madison, FL

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2006 Group Exhibition, Julie Nester Gallery, Park City, UT

2005 Art Miami International, The Lowe Gallery Pavilion, Miami, FL
-- Installation in Doheny Mansion, Beverly Hills, CA, through The Lowe Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
-- “Recent Works: Harry Ally, Dusty Griffith, and Wiliam Morris,” The Lowe Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2004 “Recent Works: Harry Ally, Dusty Griffith, and Wiliam Morris,” The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
-- ATLart(04) Exhibition, The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2003 “Recent Works: Harry Ally, Maggie Hasbrouck, and Ferdinand Rosa,” The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
-- “Inaugural Exhibition: Works by 22 National and International Renowned Artists,” The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
-- Invitational Group Exhibition, MacMurray College, Jacksonville, IL

2002 Invitational Group Exhibition, MacMurray College, Jacksonville, IL
-- “30th Anniversary Exhibition,” Neiman Marcus, Atlanta, GA The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
- -- 13th Anniversary Show, The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2001 12th Anniversary Show, The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
-- The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
-- Positive Negative Sweet Sixteen, 16th National All Media Juried Exhibition, Slocumb Galleries, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN

2000 19th Annual Hoyt National Exhibition, The Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, New Castle, PA

1999 Truth in Form: Abstract Painting in the South, Eleven-State Juried Exhibition, The 621Gallery, Tallahassee, FL
-- Second Annual Miniature ’99 International Exhibition, Period Gallery, Omaha, NE

1998 National XX Biennial Exhibition, Chattahoochee Valley Art Museum, LaGrange, GA
-- Southworks ’98, Regional Juried Exhibition, The Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation, Watkinsville, GA -- 11th National Juried Art Exhibition, The South Cobb Arts Alliance, Mableton, GA
-- Miniature ’98 National Exhibition, Period Gallery, Omaha, NE

1997 Americas 2000, All Media Competition, National Juried Art Exhibition, Minot State University, Northwest Art Center, Minot, ND
-- Eighth Annual 1997 Summer Showcase, Regional Juried Art Exhibition, Thomasville Cultural Art Center, Thomasville, GA
-- Lowndes/Valdosta Regional Juried Art Exhibition, Lowndes/Valdosta Arts Commission, Valdosta, GA
-- “Harry Ally and Suzanne Ally: Recent Works,” The 621 Gallery, Tallahassee, FL

1996 University of Texas: Permanent Collection Exhibition, University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, TX
-- “Harry Ally and Blake Pearce: Recent Works,” Lowndes Valdosta Arts Commission, Valdosta, GA

1993 58th Annual National Exhibition, Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown, New York
-- 36th Chautauqua National Exhibition of American Art, Chautauqua Art Association Galleries, Chautauqua, New York
-- “Valdosta Works on Paper V,” National Juried Exhibition, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA

1992 Recent Paintings, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA
-- Valdosta Works on Paper IV, National Juried Exhibition, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA

1991 National Works on Paper, University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, TX

1990 “Recent Works/Drawings and Paintings,” MacMurray College, Jacksonville, IL
-- Tenth Annual National Small Paintings Exhibition, Wichita Art Association, Wichita, KS
-- Small Paper Works National, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA

1989 “Recent Works/Drawings and Paintings,” Berea College, Berea, KY
-- 19th National Works on Paper Exhibition, Minot State University, Minot, ND
-- Small Paper Works National, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA

1988 24th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Academy of the Arts, Easton, MY
-- 8th Annual Juried Exhibition, Two State Competition – Georgia and South Carolina, The Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Augusta, GA
-- 6th Annual Dekalb Council for the Arts Mardi Gras Invitational Exhibition, Atlanta, GA

1987 Small Works Exhibition, National Juried Exhibition, Schoharie County Arts Council, Cobleskill, NY
-- Carrollton Regional Juried art Exhibition IV, State Juried Exhibition-Georgia, West Georgia College, Carrollton, GA
-- Recent Paintings, Georgia Southern College, Statesboro, GA

1986 6th Annual Juried Exhibition-The Augusta Art Association-Twelve State, Southeastern U.S. Juried Exhibition, Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Augusta, GA
-- 22nd University of Delaware Biennial Exhibition, A National Works on Paper Exhibition, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
-- Mt. San Jacinto National Juried Exhibition, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA

1985 5th Annual Juried Exhibition-The Augusta Art Association-Twelve State, Southeastern U.S. Juried Exhibition, Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Augusta, GA
-- Illinois State Juried Exhibition, Illinois State fair, Springfield, IL

1984 TFAA’s Annual National Exhibition- National Juried Exhibition, Texas Fine Arts Association, Austin, TX
-- Pensacola National Portrait Exhibition-National Juried Exhibition, Pensacola Junior College, Pensacola, FL
-- Sinclair Community College, Dayton, OH
-- Three Person Exhibition, Hayner Cultural Center, Troy, OH

1983 2-D National 83-National Juried Exhibition, Angel’s Gate cultural Center, San Pedro, CA
-- Ohio State Fine Arts Juried Exhibition, Ohio State Fair, Columbus, OH

1981 Edison State Community College, Piqua, OH

1980 Edison State Community College, Piqua, OH

1979 Gallery One, Fort Worth, TX -- Mayfest Juried Art Exhibition, Fort Worth, TX

1978 Tarrant County Junior College North West Campus, Fort Worth, TX
-- Mayfest Juried Art Exhibition, Fort Worth, TX

1977 Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX

1976 54th Annual Juried Exhibition-National Juried Exhibition, Meadows Museum of Art, Centenary College Shreveport, LA
-- The Southwest/Tarrant County Annual Exhibition

1976-Southwestern U.S. Juried Exhibition, Fort Worth Museum of Art, Fort Worth, TX
-- All Media National Art Competition, Juried Exhibition, Houston Center, Houston, TX

1975 American Painters in Paris Exhibition, National Juried Exhibition, Paris Convention Center, Paris, France
-- The Southwest/Tarrant County Annual Exhibition

1975-Southwestern U.S. Juried Exhibition, Fort Worth Museum of Art, Fort Worth, TX
-- Texas College Art Show, Mountain View College, Dallas, TX

1974 Texas College Art Show, Mountain View College, Dallas, TX
-- American Contemporary Arts and Crafts Slide Library Exhibition-National Juried Exhibition, Palm Beach, FL
-- 50th Annual April Art Exhibition- National Juried Exhibition, Springville Museum of art, Springville, UT

1973 Artists’ Biennial Exhibition-Thirteen Sate Southeastern Exhibition, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA

1972 Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX

SELECTED AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
2006 VSU Faculty Research Grant
2005 VSU Faculty Research Grant
2004 Excellence in Professional Activities Award, College of the Arts, VSU
2004 Featured Artist, The Pedestal Magazine, Online Publication
2003 Featured Artist, Atlanta Visitors Guides, front cover and inset
2002 VSU Faculty Research Grant
2001 VSU Faculty Research Grant
2000 Merit Award, The 19th Hoyt National Art Exhibition, The Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, New Castle, PA
1998 Purchase Award, Southworks ’98, Regional Juried Exhibition, The Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation, Watkinsville, GA
-- Special Recognition Award, Miniature ’98 National Exhibition, Period -Gallery, Omaha, NE
1997 First Place 2-d Award, Lowndes/Valdosta Regional Art Exhibition, Lowndes/Valdosta Arts Commission, Valdosta, GA
1996 VSU Faculty Development Grant
1995 Georgia Council for the Arts, Individual Artist Grant
1994 VSU Faculty Research Grant
1993 Grumbacher Award, 58th Annual National Exhibition, Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown, NY
-- First Place, Valdosta Works on Paper V, National Juried Exhibition, Valdosta, GA
1991 Purchase Award/Best in Show, 1991 National Works on Paper Exhibition, University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, TX
1978 Best of Show-Sam Cantey Memorial Award, Mayfest Juried Art Exhibition, Fort Worth, TX

 

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