Eric Ray

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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


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

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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