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Acrylic on panel
31 x 41 cms
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Ray is a modernist at heart. His work explores the dynamics of still life; somewhere between the figurative and abstraction and is striving for simplification, by reducing a composition to its essential characteristics.
Ray prepares his own gesso boards and canvases manipulating the surface. The planning of colour masses is vital: colour can arouse the deepest thoughts and emotion. As Ray says:
For me a still life painting is a living thing. Each work is reworked many times, objects rearranged, the negative spaces are as significant as the objects. I love the play between the flat surface and the illusion of depth and solidity. I don't feel restricted by my subject, Giorgio Morandi showed me how to paint and keep busy with just one theme.
Ray was born in Staffordshire and left school at the age of 15. He entered the world of art and design in the ceramic industry, culminating as Art Director of Minton. As an artist / designer he has worked with some of the most prestigious archives and brands around the world, including The Wedgwood Group The Royal Doulton Group Ralph Lauren, Schumacher, New York, Hankyu, Tokyo, Liberty's of London, County Life Magazine and The National Trust for Scotland. Ray is President of Society of Staffordshire Artists.