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.

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.” Her dedication to her sculptor’s vision was recognized with the 2018 Award in Sculpture by the Allied Artists of America Association.

Awards

  • 2018: Allied Artists of America Associates Online Competition, Sculpture
  • 2008: Recipient of 5 Rings Award Beijing, 2008 SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES, BEIJING, CHINA
  • 2008: Winner, Prize of Excellence, Olympic Landscape Sculpture, Competition, Beijing Organizing Committee, Olympic Games
  • 2007: As One commissioned for medical institution, Colorado
  • 2007: Selected as one of two Americans in the “Excellent Works” category for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Sculpture competition
  • 2006: Balance Winner of Industry Award, 3rd Annual Sculpture competition, Sculptural Pursuit Magazine
  • 2003: Forevermore, Life-size sculpture donated by Heart of Hearts (philanthropic organization) to the Littleton Hospital, Denver, Colorado
  • 2002: Balance, 1st Place, HERStory Art Exhibition, Manhattan Arts, New York, New York
  • 2001: International Sarah Faith Award, commission
  • 2001: Always, Commission, Lady Spencer Collection

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Exbibitions

  • 2018 Art New York, New York, NY
  • 2018 Naples Art, Antique, Jewelry Show, Naples, FL
  • 2018 Palm Beach Jewelry, Art, Antique Show, Palm Beach, FL
  • 2018 Mystical Forces, Group Show, Salomon Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2017 Blk Clök, Art Basel Week, Miami, FL
  • 2017 Holiday Miniatures Exhibition, Classic Art Gallery, Carmel, CA
  • 2017 Holiday Show, Waxlander Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
  • 2017 25th Annual Tribute to Fine Art, Classic Art Gallery, Carmel, CA
  • 2017 Featured Sculptor, Carmel Art Festival, Carmel, CA
  • 2017 Spring Arts Festival, Classic Arts Gallery, Carmel, CA
  • 2016 Sedona First Friday, Renée Taylor Gallery, Sedona, AZ
  • 2016 Group Exhibition, Pfister Hotel Pop-Up Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
  • 2016 Juried Exhibition, X Contemporary Show, Miami, FL
  • 2016 Group Exhibition, S R Brennan Gallery, Palm Desert, CA
  • 2016 Sculpture in the Park Invitational, Carmel Art Festival, Carmel, CA
  • 2016 24th Annual Tribute to Fine Art, Classic Gallery, Carmel, CA
  • 2016 Group Show, Featured Sculptor, S. R. Brennen Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ
  • 2015 23rd Annual Tribute to Fine Art, Classic Art Gallery, Carmel, CA
  • 2015 22nd Annual Carmel Art Festival, Carmel, CA
  • 2014 Summer Exhibition, Featured Sculptor, S. R. Brennen Galleries, Palm Desert, CA
  • 2014 Summer Exhibition, Featured Sculptor, S. R. Brennen Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ
  • 2014 22nd Annual Tribute to Fine Art, Classic Art Gallery, Carmel, CA
  • 2013 21st Annual Tribute to Fine Art, Classic Art Gallery, Carmel, CA
  • 2013 Summer Exhibition, Featured Sculptor, S. R. Brennen Galleries, Santa Fe, NM
  • 2012 Charity Invitational Auction, Classic Art Gallery, Carmel, CA
  • 2012 Summer Exhibition, Featured Sculptor, S. R. Brennen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
  • 2012 Featured Artist, Sculpture, S.R. Brennen Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
  • 2011 Annual Carmel Art Festival, Classic Art Gallery, Carmel, CA
  • 2011 19th Annual Tribute to Fine Art, Classic Art Gallery, Carmel, CA
  • 2010 Featured Artist, Sculpture, S.R. Brennen Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
  • 2010 Group Show, Waxlander, Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
  • 2010 Annual Carmel Arts Festival, Classic Art Gallery, Carmel, CA
  • 2010 18th Annual Tribute to Fine Art, Classic Art Gallery, Carmel, CA
  • 2009 Featured Artist, Sculpture, S.R. Brennen Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
  • 2009 Solo Exhibition, Art Foundry Gallery, Sacramento, CA
  • 2009 Group Show, Waxlander Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
  • 2009 Annual Carmel Art Festival, Classic Art Gallery, Carmel, CA
  • 2009 Group Show, “Bronze Then and Now,” Art Foundry Gallery, Sacramento, CA
  • 2009 Annual Tribute to Fine Art, Charity Invitational Auction, Classic Art Gallery, Carmel, CA
  • 2008 Featured Artist, Sculpture, “Celebration of the Season,” S.R. Brennen Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
  • 2008 Featured Artist, Sculpture, CATTOLOGE, Gallery 444, San Francisco, CA
  • 2008 Group Exhibition, Waxlander Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
  • 2008 “Le Chat Noir,” Group Exhibition, Gallery 444, San Francisco, CA
  • 2008 Recipient of 5 Rings Award Beijing, 2008 Summer Olympic Games, Beijing, China
  • 2007 “Sculpture on View” The Art Foundry, Inc., Sacramento, California with Shray, Peter Voulkus, Bruce Beasley and Nathan Oliveira
  • 2007 Raising Tomorrow’s Olympic Champions on view in Hong Kong as part of the Olympic Sculpture tour
  • 2007 Featured Sculptor, Opening Gala, Ed Chasen Fine Art Gallery, Georgetown, Wash, D.C.
  • 2007 Accepted submission Raising Tomorrow’s Olympic Champions tours internationally as part of 2008 Olympic Games, Beijing, China
  • 2007 Opening, Meyer Gallery, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
  • 2006 Special Event exhibition, La Posada Hotel, Santa Fe, NM
  • 2006 East Meets West in Harmony, Art Foundry Gallery, Sacramento, CA
  • 2006 Special Demonstration/Lecturer, Borsini-Burr Gallery
  • 2006 Accepted submission for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China on exhibit, Beijing JinTai Museum, Chaoyang Park. Among the dignitaries viewing the design        Raising Tomorrow’s Olympic Champions, was Antonio Samaranch, Chairman of the International Olympic Committee, along with Chinese government, cultural and arts officials.
  • 2006 “Sculpture in The Park” Invitational juried exhibition, Loveland, CO
  • 2006 “Harmony” Exhibit, Featured Sculptor, Waxlander Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
  • 2006 “From Earth to Metal” Lecture and Demonstration, Half Moon Bay, CA
  • 2005 “Holiday Show,” Waxlander Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
  • 2005 Eskelporter Art Exhibition, Juried exhibition, Featured sculptor, Benefit for Sierra Adoption Services, Sacramento, CA
  • 2005 Gala Opening, Featured Artist, Post Gallery, Houston, TX
  • 2005 “Sculpting the Emotions of Life” Solo Exhibition, Borsini-Burr Galleries, Half Moon Bay, CA
  • 2005 “New Beginnings” Featured Sculptor, Waxlander Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
  • 2005 “From Earth to Metal: Creation of Bronze,” Lecture, Borsini-Burr Galleries, CA
  • 2004 “Three Women Sculptors” Rice Gallery, Denver, CO
  • 2004 “Sculpture in The Park” Juried Exhibition, Loveland, CO
  • 2004 “Balance of the Soul” Waxlander Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
  • 2004 Sculpture Exhibition, Rice Gallery, Denver, CO
  • 2003 Featured Sculptor, Waxlander Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
  • 2003 Christmas Show, Rice Gallery, Denver, CO
  • 2003 “Heart of Hearts Gala,” Guest Sculptor & Speaker, Denver, CO
  • 2002 “Two-Person Show/Featured Sculptor” Waxlander Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
  • 2002 HERStory, 1st Place, Juried competition, Manhattan Arts, New York, NY
  • 2002 10th Anniversary Group Show, Exclusive Sculptor, Portnoy Galleries, Carmel, CA
  • 2002 Associate Member Show, Downtown Art Works, San Rafael, CA
  • 2001 “Time and Space” Featured Sculptor, Waxlander Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
  • 2001 Associate Member Show, Downtown Art Works, San Rafael, CA
  • 2000 “The Work of Shray,” Solo Exhibition, Portnoy Galleries, Carmel, CA
  • 2000 “Two-Person Exhibition,” Waxlander Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
  • 2000 “Invitational Bronze Sculpture,” Bank One Cover Invitation, Featured Artist, San Francisco, CA
  • 1999 “Beauty That Surrounds Us,” Waxlander Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
  • 1999 “Finding Form” Lecture/Demonstration, Portnoy Galleries, Carmel, CA
  • 1998 Solo Show, Portnoy Galleries, Carmel, CA
  • 1998 “Subtractionist Method,” Lecture/Demonstration Portnoy Galleries, Carmel, CA
  • 1998 “The Forms in Clay,” Lecture/Demonstration, Waxlander Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
  • 1997 Group Exhibition, May Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ
  • 1996 Featured Sculptor, Portnoy Galleries, Carmel, CA
  • 1996 “Miguel Domingues Show,” Portnoy Galleries, Carmel, CA
  • 1995 Featured Sculptor: Jacques Dunoyer Show, Portnoy Galleries, Carmel, CA
  • 1995 Open House Gala, Exclusive Exhibit, NFL Players Assoc., San Francisco, CA
  • 1994 Solo Exhibition, Portnoy Galleries, Carmel, CA
  • 1994 “Sculptor” Exclusive Sculptor, Juried Show, Out of Bounds Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 1994 Juried Group Show, Ludwa Gallery, Carmel, CA
  • 1993 “Women in Bronze” Invitational, Artworks Foundry & Gallery, Berkeley, CA
  • 1993 “Exclusive Sculptor,” Juried Show, Ludwa Gallery, Carmel, CA
  • 1993 Annual Membership Show, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA
  • 1993 Juried Exhibition, Bay Arts Gallery, San Francisco, CA, provided feature piece Arise Fountain
  • 1992 Solo Show, Juried Exhibition, Azido Arts Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 1986 Featured piece for Juried Group Show, San Francisco Art School, San Francisco, CA
  • 1984 Solo Show, “Color & Form,” Putnam Associates, San Francisco, CA
  • 1982 Juried Group Exhibition, San Francisco Academy of Art, San Francisco, CA
  • 1979 Group Show, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
  • 1978 Winner, “Juried Scholarship Competition”, San Francisco Academy of Art, San Francisco, CA
  • 1978 Group Show, Acrylic paintings, San Francisco Academy of Arts, San Francisco, CA

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