William Wray Comic Book Artist, Director and Painter
Title: Navigating Between Multiple Careers
After, a Nomadic childhood traveling the world (including Hong Kong) with his military family, William Wray began working in the animation business as a teen-ager eventually enrolling in The Art Students League in New York to study fine art in the academic tradition. Uninspired by the conceptually dominated fine art world of the eighties, William went back to work in comic books, animation and illustration we he felt his drawing ability was valued. He is best known for his painting style on the Ren and Stimpy Show, directing cartoons and his work in Mad Magazine. William has always jumped back and fourth in the world of animation and comic books, now fine art is in that mix.
After a concentrated series of oil painting workshops over the last 10 years and a maturing reformation of his realistic art style, William is influencing the current urban trend in fine art. William is living his theory that a realistic artist can make the best kind of abstract painter if they just loosen up enough while retaining a strong ability to draw and stylize. William has spent many years stripping away all his rendering ability into a more abstract style, panting the humble urban landscape subjects of California that he grew up with.
William has four monographs of his paintings entitled “Dirty Beauty,” “Sparrow” “Cult of Beauty and Monolith. A fifth featuring his new Superhero paintings will be out in 2014. William is a signature member the California Art Club. In 2008 William had a one-man show at the Bakersfield Museum of art and a second in Dec 2012. William has 5 art galleries: Launch gallery in Los Angles, Cohen/ Abee gallery in SF, the Vault Gallery in Cambria, Ca, and Q art Salon in Santa Anna, Ca. Profiled in July 2008 American Art Collector, The Artist Magazine March 2008 and the July ’09 Southwest Art. Some of William’s contest wins:
Placed: 2008,2009 Ray Mar contest, Grand prizewinner: Paintings Finalist: Art Kudos International Art competition. Honorable Mention: LAPAPA Best of Plein Air 2008_Artist Choice Award: San Luis Obispo Plein Air Festival 2006_First place: Art Interview Magazine: Second Quarter 2005and 2010_Second place: 1st Annual 2005 Riverside Plein Air Paint-out. FineArtViews Art Competition repeated wins and place 2009 and 2010. 2011 First Place Urban Award California Art Club. Williams’s latest shows are big show with Ashley Wood at the 3A Gallery In Hong Kong at the end of April 2012 and as part of a 4-man show at the Q Art Salon in May 2012. And a one- man show at launch gallery in spring of 2013 that nearly sold out.