Shray Blog

Just In Time for the Holidays!

Holiday Gift Guide 2018 Holiday time!! Visions of decked-out trees, predictions of snow, vintage television specials and Rat Pack classics fill the internet and the airwaves. These are the beloved trappings of our favorite holiday. Chances are, you’re in the throes of gift hunting for all those important folks on your list. At this point in the season, as you whittle away at the menagerie of friends and relatives on that list, it’s likely you’ve saved the most difficult ones for last. Year after year, you wring your hands, hoping to offer up a delightfully unexpected gift. It’s an unassailable truth — the older we get, the more difficult we are to surprise. Gifts don’t hold the same promise of […]

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The Artist at Work

The mental landscape of an artist is a wonderfully mysterious place to explore. In this blog, we take a light, wistful stroll through the process of various types of artisans to grasp at a better understanding of how the art we love is created. The Painter The artist at work is a curious study. She doesn’t always seem completely cognizant of the social energy around her. She’s not highly confabulatory in this moment, no. She is in a zone — focused, enraptured with a world that only lives in her mind: her soul. Her hands are speckled with paint from past excursions. Her eyes focus on the clean blank surface. She has become almost oblivious to the aroma of inks […]

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The Essence of Art

In this article, we will conclude our look at bronze sculptor, Shray. In our last post, we discovered that Shray is a woman of immeasurable curiosity and depth of introspection. Now, enjoy the rest of this look inside the mind and heart of a storied creator. “The essence of art is the control of line weight.” This statement from Shray is deceptively simple while communicating a very complex truth. The most basic realities are often the most difficult to grasp, much less master. It’s relatively easy to understand how this idea applies to drawing or painting. These are direct transfers of intent from an abstract, multi-dimensional continuum –– the mind –– to a tangible surface that can only be viewed […]

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The Astronauts of Fine Art

Part 1 of two illuminating conversations with contemporary sculptor, Shray. Read Part 2 here. Fine artist and sculptor Shray is a woman of immeasurable emotional depth, and at the same time, ideas that soar to dizzying heights. She is a prophet of the insightful and profound. On almost any topic she sails through conversation with an air of confidence mixed with a mindful whimsy. Just like her sculpture, her presence is both refined and imposing. One confabulatory jaunt with Shray will start you down new avenues for thought and imaginative consideration. Sure to invigorate your mind and fire your creative engine, she is a sculptor, painter, drawer, thinker and aspiring physicist. Really? Well, yes. Pre-Launch Years As a young girl, […]

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Mystical Forces

Sometimes, the philosophical and the real meet in a certain space and time. With the eyes of curious seekers, we see the world as it could be, or as it is, or as it was. Sometimes, we catch a glimpse of the meaning of touch, light, thought, of feeling—of being—by looking at the visual expressions of skilled fine artists. This is one of those times. From January 25 to February 25, Emillions Art, in association with Salomon Arts, presents Mystical Forces, an exploration of the powers that influence moments and give them form and structure at the Tribeca gallery, Salomon Arts. Six artists delve into the space between hesitation and effect, giving this invisible plane form. French Neo-Cubist Alain Beraud, […]

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