Photo by Jeylin White
Painting by Raymond B. Cody on display at the Riverdale Town Center.
RIVERDALE — The City of Riverdale, Mayor and Council and the Department of Cultural Affairs present a retrospect of works by Raymond B. Cody.
This free exhibit is comprised of works in varied mediums including oil on linen, giclée on canvas, serigraphs and lithographs. The collection also includes the much sought after, sold-out lithograph Revelations. The exhibit will be at Riverdale City Hall and Centre through May 4 and is available for viewing Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Raymond B. Cody is a native and resident of Atlanta. He is considered by many a virtuoso, and his passion and skill in the arts was quite evident throughout his childhood. As an adolescent, Cody was selected to study under the tutelage of such instructors as Norman Rockwell, after which began his career as a free-lance artist. Cody also studied architectural engineering and design at the Southern Technical Institute (formerly a division of Georgia Institute of Technology), and illustrative techniques with various professional American illustrators. This led to the opportunity to work as an illustrator and draftsman for United Parcel Service.
Cody was featured on a cable network television talk show as a celebrated black artist. Thereafter, he and his wife Cynthia established Cody’s Fine Arts and Illustrations, a multifaceted business of publishing, distributing, collecting, interior design and custom framing.
In 1994, Cody was commissioned by The Alliance of Black Telecommunications Employees, Inc. to depict the plight of Black Americans in an oil painting titled, “The Struggle.” Cody’s Spirit of Legends theme was adopted by BellSouth for its 1996 Black History calendar. His explosive painting highlighted African-American Olympic and Paralympic medalists in Georgia. This creation was used for both the calendar’s cover and poster prints which were distributed nationally to schools and businesses. His depiction’s of dance and music portray action and deep expression which is evident in his masterpieces Revelations, Birmingham Blues, Rock-a-My-Soul and Ribbons.
Cody’s work can be found in collections in Canada, France, Germany, Saudi Arabia, and Belgium. Local exhibit venues include the Richard Russell Federal Building, Stillman College, Atlanta University, The Black Family Reunion Exhibition, The National Black Arts Festival, Georgia Institute of Technology and galleries throughout the country. Cody also spends his time mentoring students who are pursuing an art career and serving as a judge for numerous art competitions. Raymond and Cynthia Cody founded Cody’s Fine Arts and Illustrations in 1983 with the aim of presenting a positive image of African-Americans through artistic expression.