Marion Ranyak died peacefully on August 22, 2018. I had just visited with her a few days prior and she was in good spirits, although her health had greatly declined. Many thanks are due to the health aides who assisted her in her last days; they so kindly took care of her basic needs. Also, thanks to the visitors who came and spent time with her in the past few months.
Marion’s artwork will live on, adorning the walls of so many homes and other locations. For those who only have visited this site, I wish you could experience her works in person. They have an affect on the viewer that does not come with the small digital imagery on this site.
Published in American Artist, August 1985, Vol. 49 Issue 517, p44 by Georgina Challis, the article describes Marion’s artistic journey. She studied for two summers with teaching master Hans Hofmann where she discovered aesthetics. She became interested in photography which opened up the possibilities of realism as she began to paint nature’s shapes and forms. In 1981, she started painting landscapes. During her travels along the West Coast, Marion became fascinated by seacoasts. As of 1985, she had exhibited in more than 40 group shows and 14 solo shows since 1967.
Version 1.0 of this website was created in June 2014 and will be updated throughout the year. Most of the uploading of the catalog is complete and the inventory of paintings is partially available.
In 2011, one of Marion Ranyak’s paintings, MR-141 Nova Scotia Grassy Slope, was sold at Christie’s.
Details of Sale 2430, Lot 8, can be found on Christie’s web site.
This website was first created in January, 2014, by Paul Ranyak and is being developed by James Ranyak.
Also, a special thanks to Dr. Andrew Hottle, who scanned the archive of Marion’s slides and created the initial catalog from her notes. Dr. Hottle is an art historian and an Associate Professor at Rowan University.