Rounded edges, amorphic bursts, and other atomic age forms shape Rex Ray’s work. His artwork captures the design energy that fueled a modernist movement in the 1950s and ‘60s. This approach transformed visual elements across a wide range of media – print, furniture, art, household goods, and television.
Ray’s background as a graphic designer melds the atomic landscape with his work as a fine artist. In addition to his shows at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, University Art Museum in Berkeley, San Jose Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, among others, he is also famous for his album covers and concert posters.
Ray has done work for David Bowie, the Rolling Stones, Patti Smith, REM, Bjork, U2, and Radiohead, just to name just a few. Ray is a rare contemporary artist who has achieved success in both the gallery and the commercial arena, making his work highly collectible.
Based in San Francisco, it may be fair to say that California culture has informed his work. Unquestionably, his compositions are a perfect complement to mid century modern style, and his work would look exquisitely hip and at home hung above the hi-fi or an iconic Eames chair.