The decorative quality of artist Rex Ray's highly collectible work has made it coveted in interior design as well as high-art circles. His colour-bursting, curvaceous art graces the walls of hip hotels and gourmet restaurants, yet it remains, as acclaimed author Douglas Coupland puts it in his foreword, unslick, but superslick at the same time. Meditations on repeated fluid forms, abstract yet handmade, with a retro-futuristic mid-century feel, Rex Ray's art is a rare combination of sophisticated and visually pleasing. The first monograph to span his career in various media - including paper cutouts, mixed-media collages, paintings, digital prints, and the highly admired graphic design and music packaging that launched his visual career - this is a trove of his sleek and lovely aesthetic.
About the Author
Rex Ray is a San Francisco based fine artist whose paintings and drawings have been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums. He is also a celebrated graphic designer. Acclaimed novelist and culture critic Douglas Coupland has written ten novels and several non-fiction books. His work has been translated into 35 languages. He has written and performed for the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, England, and is also a visual artist. He lives in Vancouver. Steven Skov Holt is distinguished professor of industrial design at California College of the Arts, and former editor of I.D. magazine. The author of several books, including Blobjects & Beyond, he has been guest curator at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York and the SFMOMA. Michael Paglia writes on art and culture for the Denver weekly Westword.
Now this book is one of the most inspiring and sensational that I have come across. Rex Ray is truely a mixed media artist of credit. He had done numerous designs for records and other artists, but it is his earlier collage work that is truely special. The photos in this book are magnificant and give a great representation of the artist's work. The short essays by the writers on Rex are so easy to read and very interesting. A pleasure to own this book and I advise everyone to buy it!
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