ART TODAY 09.10.17: Colors by William Wray with introduction by Chris Bonno

by | Sep 10, 2017 | Art, Art Shows, Art Today

Abstracts by William Wray

Colors 58 x 39
All works, oil on wood
Trying to make bright colors work together; a bit of revival of the broken color theory and liberal use of pencil line in the oils.

Chris Bonno Intro
Here’s a guy with an evocative painterly style, who was, at one point, an artist on the outrageously irreverent Ren & Stimpy show. In that work, I believe he goes by Bill Wray. As a painter, he is known as William Wray and is collected by many folks. I find his painting inspiring; sometimes funny, oft times poignant. In some of what I’ve seen, he mixes comic book icons with the idea of the homeless or the struggles of the street. William paints pieces so rich in color and feeling, I can’t stand it (especially his abstracted landscapes) and I get severely jealous of his gifts, and his output. What a work horse. Prolific.

When I look at pics of his work, I often find myself liking nearly everything he does and wishing many of his pieces were on my wall. Bill Prady, who commissioned the Apartment piece I did, owns some of his work. Somehow I lucked into being in a collection that has some of the best artists around. Made me proud. Grateful to experience the colors and efforts of this versatile maestro… (And his comic book work is insanely great).

William Wray

“Breathe in, Breathe out”


TribeLA Magazine Acrostic Interview.1

Tagline: Give yourself and your work a tagline.
Superhero’s, Landscapes and Abstracts, Oh My

Rest: How do you spend your time off?
Yoga, gym, naps, art shows, bike rides. And not enough vacations.

More art by William Wray:

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ART TODAY 12.01.17 Shephard Fairey’s “Wake Up Call” – The Pink Pop Up Show, this weekend at Castelli Art Space, LA (it ends 12.3.17)

ART TODAY 11.30.17 TONIGHT! The Pink Pop Up Show Opens at Castelli Art Space, LA with 30+ diverse artists – This is the work of world renowned Seonna Hong!

ART TODAY 11.30.17 The Pink Pop-Up Show encompasses narrative, contemporary, skill, and technique from a diverse group of artists – How Pink-tastic is that!

BREAKING ART NEWS!!! 11.29.17 The PINK Pop-Up Art Show at Castelli’s: A chat with co-curator/artist William Wray – Pink, It’s not just for girls anymore

ART TODAY 11.28.17 Michael Flechtner’s medium evokes thought and emotion with Neon – See 30+ artists at The Pink Show 11.30 at Castelli Art Space, LA

William Wray has lived in California most of his life and studied painting at the Art Students League in New York. Earning his living as a cartoonist who specialized in painted subjects, he spent many years coalescing an eclectic array of art styles, ultimately finding his voice in a contemporized reflection of the traditional California regional painting that focuses on humble subject matters 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. He continually challenges himself to create a brand of realistic expressionism that he hopes to use as a bridge in the customarily circumspect contemporary art world.

For more William Wray, visit his website: