This April and May. we have been fortunate to have had the glorious work of Rex Ray hanging on our walls. Rex's collages have inspired many designers, artists, craftsmen, and the general public for years, and so it has been no surprise that we've received a lot of positive feedback for the show.
Rex uses the decorative forms and colors of mid 20th century design as inspiration for complicated collaged and painted surfaces. These collages, bursting with color and detail, are astounding from far away but even more so up close, as you can see the detail of the hand-painted and cut paper which is layered meticulously on wood or canvas. Moreover, Rex is a charming, superbly skilled and prolific artist who is capable of creating universal appeal and respect, which is something rare in the art world.
Every day we hear praise and heartfelt enthusiasm of Rex's work from all types of visitors: major Rex fans (like the couple who designed their wedding cake after a Rex Ray painting to the guy who is going to get his first tattoo of Rex's design on his torso), new collectors ( young entrepreneurs of SOMA and first-time art buyers), and those that have just been lured in off 3rd street by the arresting color of his work.
The success of the show (we've sold over 25 pieces!) has given us reason to believe that Rex's name will continue to fill the air long after the show comes down.
Read this wonderful 2009 interview with Rex on the blog "Seeds and Fruit" to delve into his process and inspiration.