Ray studied Three Dimensional Design at undergraduate level before taking an MA in Ceramics at the Royal College of Art. He worked in full-time education for many years and is now taking the opportunity to create small paintings, exploring themes and techniques that he first touched on in his twenties.
The paintings are inspired by images of landscapes, faces, flowers and birds, echoing feelings and ideas that arise from imagination. A working atmosphere of quiet and stillness can also be reflected in the work.
The paintings are in egg tempera (egg yolk mixed with water) on small gesso panels. This technique enables thin layers of paint to be built up slowly, creating luminous colours against a white background. Working on a small scale using traditional techniques allows a systematic and focused approach to be taken. Once completed the painting surface is polished with silk to create a soft burnished sheen.
The paintings resonate with images and themes found in English illuminated manuscripts, Japanese art, Indian miniatures and early 20th century modernist painting. Images of faces and figures seek to reinterpret well-known iconography from art history within a contemporary context.
Whitechapel Open Exhibition
Group Show at Smith’s Gallery, Covent Garden
Two-person show at Burgh House Gallery, London
Group show at Clarendon Gallery, London
Two-person show at Michaelson and Orient Gallery, London
Work exhibited at Usiskin and Cecilia Coleman Galleries, London
Exhibited ceramics at a range of craft shops and galleries including: Charleston House, AndersonGallery, Bilston Art Gallery