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Densely layered urban landscapes, some more representational, some almost entirely abstract. Introduction by OC Weekly art critic Dave Barton. In 1985, Wray moved to New York, doing comic book work for Marvel and DC Comics, while studying at New York's Art Students League. A phone call from John Kricfalusi sent him back West from the early 1990s through the 2000's to work on The Ren & Stimpy Show, Samurai Jack, The Mighty B! and other shows. Since 2010, Wray has worked with Rauch Brothers Animation on animated shorts for StoryCorps. His long-run Monroe series appeared in more than 100 issues of Mad, and he co-created Hellboy Junior with Mike Mignola. Wray now concentrates on landscape oil paintings of landscapes, figures, and urban settings.
His cartoon influences include Hank Ketcham, Harvey Kurtzman, Erich Sokol and Wally Wood.
Wray has said his attitude and approach to his paintings is an attempt to document aspects of urban California that continue to vanish: The highest compliment I ever received was when a great painter told me my paintings look old. I love the early 20th Century's art and architecture and work hard to invoke comparisons to that period in my work. I love the idea of capturing what's left of a bygone era; recording it before it's gone, replaced by a new strip mall. I've spent my life studying the artists of that era, reaching for a level of skill and feeling that the modern art world has long dismissed as dull-witted craft. I hope my paintings of these old structures has become less an invocation of nostalgia than an important race to record what is fast disappearing. Every time you find an old factory, a rundown dock or an old shack, a developer is sure to be there trying to convince the city it's time to renovate. Good for the economy, they say, but bad for the painter looking for interesting subjects to paint. California's urban pockets of age are disappearing at a record pace, so I have to paint as fast as I can.
Wray's approach to painting was influenced by Edgar Alwin Payne, Emil Gruppe, J. C. Leyendecker and other artists.He is a member of Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, Oil Painters of America and the California Art Club — and has participated in workshops with Ray Roberts, Carolyn Anderson, Matt Smith, Eric Merrill, Frank Serrano and George Strickland, in addition to his long-term study with Jove Wang.
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Item Code WRABHS Publisher William Wray Publish Date 2018 ISBN 9781732561298 Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket Dimensions 6x6 # Pages 60pg Color Full Color
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