Paul Bartlett Ré
Artist, Writer, Poet, Peace Worker
“I received the notice of your show, and thought the drawing on the front to be very nice. If you are passing through this area and have any of your other work with you I would be interested in seeing it. Luck to you.”
-Georgia O’Keeffe from a letter to Paul Ré
Paul Ré is best known for his book THE DANCE OF THE PENCIL: Serene Art by Paul Ré, his widely shown traveling exhibit of TOUCHABLE ART FOR THE BLIND AND SIGHTED, and most recently for the Paul Bartlett Ré Peace Prize administered by the University of New Mexico Foundation. This has been endowed to operate in perpetuity and extends his four decades of work promoting harmony in the world through art. Beyond the joy of creating the art itself, Paul's greatest reward is when people are moved by his work towards peace and fulfillment. Ré's latest volume, Art, Peace and Transcendence: Réograms that Elevate and Unite, is now available from UNM Press.
Paul Ré (pronounced Ray) was born in 1950 in Albuquerque, NM where he still resides. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in physics with honors (fifth in class) from Caltech in 1972; this has served him well as an artist expressing the beauty of science. Paul has been acclaimed by art critics as "a virtuoso of the pencil" for his art of "quiet greatness and noble simplicity." In 13 states, he has had 22 solo exhibits including those at the UNM Jonson Gallery, Albuquerque Museum, Triangle Gallery, Wichita Museum, Sumter Gallery, J. B. Speed Museum, the Colorado Springs Museum and the Karpeles Museum. His traveling exhibition of TOUCHABLE ART FOR THE BLIND AND SIGHTED has been shown 18 times in North America. A documentary film on his Touchable Art was produced by SCETV in 1990 and a companion book was created. He is now making a second tactile exhibit, INSPIRED BY NATURE, which is dedicated to environmental conservation. In 1993, his monograph THE DANCE OF THE PENCIL: Serene Art by Paul Ré was published. The Journal of the Print World reviewed it as "one of the outstanding art books of the year." His writings and art appear in Leonardo 13-2, 14-2 and 15-2, The Journal of Visual Impairment, New America, Spirit (7 covers and poems), La Mamelle and Design Journal. Significant articles about his work are included in Contemporary Graphic Artists III, SPIRIT OF ENTERPRISE: The 1990 Rolex Awards and other reference volumes. His art has been highly regarded by artists Georgia O’keeffe, Raymond Jonson, and Ed Garman; Nobel Laureates Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, Richard Feynman, and Roger Sperry plus a diversity of individuals. Also an accomplished guitarist, poet and humorist he is editing his collected poems THE IRIS BALLET and compiling his 52 volumes of aphorisms and micro–essays into THE RéCYCLED DICTIONARY. He greatly enjoys walking and meditating in nature.
“Persea Gratissima” or “Ode to Maxwell's Equations”,
Réogram (hybrid hand-digital print), 2003, 20" x 26".
of the Paul Ré Peace Prize:
Dr. David R. Muñoz, Taos, NM
For efforts in combining engineering and humanitarian efforts. Muñoz has used his knowledge in mechanical engineering and his passion for global peace and sustainability to help others. He has worked with senior and graduate students from Colorado School of Mines on humanitarian and sanitation projects. Most notably, he and the students worked with Honduran students at Universidad Tecnologico Centroamericana to design a sustainable water system for a village of refugees from Hurricane Mitch.
2016 Lifetime Achievement Awardees:
William M. Brown III, Arroyo Hondo, N.M.
Environmental conservation and sustainability work. Brown has worked in a variety of different capacities including as earth scientist for the United States Geological Service, science advisor for the Coalition for the Valle Vidal and principal for Sage West Consultants, but the common thread throughout all of his ventures has been his passion for energy science, climate change, and energy economy.
Denise Elia Chávez, Las Cruces, NM
Chávez is a novelist, short story writer, playwright, actor and teacher who focuses her writing and advocacy on the border corridor of southern New Mexico, West Texas and northern Mexico. Chávez co-founded the internationally renowned Border Book Festival, which focused the public’s attention on books and art and their power to heal and transform the world.
Vincent Barrett (V.B.) Price, Albuquerque, NM
For his work as a distinguished poet, human rights and environmental columnist, editor, journalist, architectural critic, novelist and teacher. In all of his efforts, Price encourages others to think about the big questions of life in the modern world, encouraging deeper and richer learning.
2016 Emerging Promoter of Peace Awardee:
Carolina Belmares-Ortega, Albuquerque, NM
As a student, Ortega has been dedicated to helping others through her research and academic experience as well as her leadership experience, including involvement in several university and community support programs.
The UNM Foundation article on the 2016 Reception can be read by clicking here
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Selected Articles by Paul Ré
"My Drawings and Paintings and a System for Their Classification", Leonardo , vol XIII no 2, Spring 1980, pp 94-100 ,Oxford, England: Pergamon Press.
"On My Drawings and Paintings: An Extension of the System of Their Classification", Leonardo, vol XIV no 2, Spring 1981, pp 106-114, Oxford, England: Pergamon Press.
"On the Progression of My Figurative Drawings Toward Higher Abstraction and Outward Simplicity", Leonardo, vol XV no 2, Spring 1982, pp 109-114, Oxford, England: Pergamon Press.
The above three articles focus on the derivation of Ré’s artwork from closed curves. This theme is developed further in his books The Dance of the Pencil and Art, Peace, and Transcendence. It also helped provide the philosophical basis for The Paul Bartlett Ré Peace Prize.
Additional reference materials about Paul Ré may be found in Contemporary Graphic Artists III, Biographical Encyclopedia of American Painters, Sculptors and Engravers – Colonial to 2002, Who’s Who in American Art, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, Great Minds of the 21st Century, the Dictionary of International Biography, 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century and numerous other titles including Mentoring for the Future – NASA ISEF Award Winners 1961-1994. (In 1967 and 1968 Paul received First Place in Physics and NASA Awards at the International Science Fair. His projects concerned fluid mechanics, on subjects that were both of scientific interest and aesthetically pleasing. For his supersonic wind tunnel, he designed and constructed 3 Laval nozzles. With their graceful form like an hourglass, he considers them to be among his first sculptures.)
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