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.
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.
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.
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
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