Bronze sculptor, Shray, is one of the few working artists today who employs the subtractionist technique, where the artist finds the form in the clay as opposed to adding clay to an armature. Much like the technique of carving, Shray works with lines and shadows of the block, thoughtfully eliminating material from the block as she sculpts. Her simplicity of form has been compared to that of Henry Moore, Rodin and Brancusi.
“I see the emotion in the form, the hard lines, the curves, and allow them to carry the human condition through and around the negative and positive spaces. I am concerned with the fine line between the individual and humanity and how to achieve this without succumbing to sentimentality. This is one of the great puzzles figurative sculptors face. My approach is to let the form carry the emotion.” An intuitive artist, Shray’s sculptures never appear labored or forced. “While I work, I am able to see geometrically while recognizing a sense of humanity while pushing towards abstraction.” Shray balances the figurative and the abstract without losing human emotion.
Over the past 25 years, Shray’s work has received both national and international recognition in the form of awards and commissions. Shray’s bronze sculpture, Raising Tomorrow’s Olympic Champions was juried to travel throughout China and the world as one of the top selections of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Based on the success of this juried exhibition, Shray became the recipient of the 5 Rings Award at the Fourth Annual Beijing 2008 Cultural Festival.
Shray’s bronze sculpture is constantly evolving. “My objective as an artist is to create a piece that captures movement in stillness. The hard metal becomes the flesh and bone of humanity to reveal a strong sense of universality and invite a personal identification. I strive for a quality of pureness and allow the viewer inside the work, to identify each in their own way with the story.”
2008:Winner ‘Olympics: ‘Five Rings Award’ The ‘2008 Beijing Sculptor landscape Invitational.
BOCOGS: Goal – Purpose:
‘International outreach for communication through the arts and Olympic venue’.
-2008 Beijing Olympics. Tour ‘110 Excellant Works winners’. Travaled, china, hong kong, Europe usa
-Excelled : owner, artist. Long standing working relationships from 3 years to Present.
-Private and Commissioned works. [selected]
Rockefeller Family, Her Ladyship Churchill-Spencer
Soiree “Le Chat Noir”
June 13 – July 11, 2008
Gallery 444, San Francisco, California.
Olympic Sculptor Shray – her Sculpture “Forevermore” Presented to Yunan Government of China.
TWO MEN, ONE CENTURY – At the Governor’s office at the State Capital in Sacramento, California WW II vet, Ken Mecham, and Olympic sculptor Shray presented Shray’s sculpture, Forevermore, to the Director of the California Arts Council, Muriel Johnson who, in turn, gifted it to Professor Yuan, Chairman 2008 Beijing Olympic Landscape Competition, for the Yunnan Government.
The Art Foundry, Inc. “Sculpture On View”
The Art Foundry, Inc., Sacramento, California with Shray, Peter Voulkus, Bruce Beasley and Nathan Oliveira. June 30th thru August 11th, 2007.
Shray’s Sculpture Garners Olympic Praise
Bronze to travel China as part of Olympic Celebration
OLYMPICS BEIJINGSAN FRANCISCO – The Organizing Committee for the Sculpture Competition for the 2008 Olympics recently announced that a bronze sculpture by Shray has been selected as a finalist. The Games will be held in Beijing, China and feature a sculpture exhibition that will travel to select cities throughout the country.
International Sculpture Exhibition is Feb 8th – 28th in London, England.
January 25, 2018 – All Day
Emillions Art, in association with Salomon Arts presents six artists who delve into the space between hesitation and effect, giving this moment form. French Neo-Cubist Alain Beraud, abstractionist MM Ciciovan, illusionist Barbara Rachko, sculptor and painter Shray, minimalist Lynn Charveriat and humorist Christopher Charveriat share their vision of the mystical forces that compel us to motion.
November 30, 2016 –7pm to 9pm
X-Contemporary At Nobu
Emillions Art will be showing at X-Contemporary (Hotel Nobu at the Eden Roc) during Art Basel from November 30- December 4, 2016