William Wray has lived in California most of his life and studied painting at the Art Students League in New York. Making his living as a cartoonist who specialized in painted subjects, he spent many years coalescing a eclectic array of art styles, ultimately finding his voice in a contemporized reflection of traditional California regional painting that focus on the humble subject matter rarely considered as fine art.
Wray blends traditional skill sets of realism and the sheer energy of abstract expressionism in an ongoing evolution to find the balance between two seemingly unrelated styles. Wray has challenged himself to create a brand of realistic expressionism that he hopes to use as a bridge into the customarily circumspect contemporary art world. He was Artist of the Week at TribeLA Magazine, September 10, 2017 and what an exciting week it turned out to be. All of our favorite super hero’s showed up… Superman, Batman, and Spiderman along with a Princess appearance sparking up conversations about “The Break-up” as well and the “Princess Cleaners” in North Hollywood. The Rauch Brothers video that he art directed as a memorial for 9/11 brought tears to our eyes. Bill holds memberships with, Oil Painters of America, LAPAPA, and California Art Club.
Castelli Art Space is a different sort of gallery. There, Fred Goldstein and Iglesias believe that they have a space that serves artists in Los Angeles to present their artwork outside of the normal gallery ethos. Whereas traditional galleries will take a 50/50 or 60/40 commission, artists retain 100% of their sales when they rent the art space. If the artist works with a curator, the commission is usually an 80/20 or 70/30 split, which enables the artists to earn more, so they can continue to create without restrictions. http://Castelliartspace.com
Samples Works by Ashley Wood and Escoto + Carrara
Ashley Wood Under the Bed
Escoto Carrara Untitled Kiss Oil on canvas
Ash does every kind of art, from fine art painting to comics and toy design. His painting has a distinctive style, using a comic book structure with an expressionist painting energy confidently applied over the top. The results are at once violent yet tender, sexual yet warm and playful. https://7174publishing.com/
ESCOTO + CARRARA
Escoto+Carrara (Frederico Escoto and Roberto Carrara) are Mexican artists who still call Mexico home. Photographer and painter, they are life-partners and creative collaborators who complement one another’s talent in a visual dance, culminating in an array of colors and movements that push both photography and painting to the next level. http://escotocarrara.com/
The Pink Show at Castelli Art Space
November 30 – December 3
5428 W. Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA. 90016
For show information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The PINK show artists include:
Bradford J. Salamon
Escoto + Carrara
Jorge Pinzón Casasbuenas
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