Eric Ray

First name
Eric
Last name
Ray
Bio

Eric Ray was born in Southern California and studied art at Art Center while in high school and illustration at California State University, Long Beach. After working as a freelance illustrator and art director for many years, he moved to Springfield, Missouri. He worked there as a senior art director and illustrator for a couple more decades. Eric currently works as a pen and ink artist creating commissioned artwork, showing in a number of galleries, and taking on illustration projects that interest him.

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I have been an award winning illustrator and art director since 1982. Over the last few years, I have focused on creating fine art for gallery exhibition, commission work and special projects.

Solo Exhibitions:

2017   Park Central Branch Library; Art of Eric Ray
2016   Obelisk Home; Stories in Ink, Art of Eric Ray
2016   Artivities Gallery: Art of the Pen, Art by Eric Ray
2016   Ash Grove Branch Library; Ink Drawings by Eric Ray
2015   Qdoba, Springfield; The Art of Eric Ray
2015   Gailie's; Pen Drawings by Eric Ray
2014   Arts & Letters; Unrequited Love, Fifty Shades of Eric Ray

Other exhibits of note:

2017   Best of Show (Rhino, Close); Fresh Gallery annual juried exhibit
2015   Selected exhibitor for the Ozarks Galley, Artfest on Walnut Street

Articles:

2016   Pen & ink drawings a feast for the eyes; Springfield News-Leader by Camille Dautrich
2014   One-man show explores 'Fifty Shades of Eric Ray'; Springfield News-Leader by Camille Dautrich

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Artist statement

Creating my work is both a struggle and a labor of love. I choose to work in Pen and Ink because it is not a simple media to master and is also relatively uncommon. I strive to develop art with a feel for the subject matter and the story I wish to tell. The search for the beauty in the complexity of form, pattern and texture is important. I enjoy creating visual shortcuts, innuendo and suggestion balanced against insanely detailed rendering in my pen work. I intentionally mix drawing styles and textures to best honor my subjects. I accept the challenge of exploring the limits of using a black pen on a white surface, and relentlessly pushing those limits around.

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