Artist Joshhua Ray was born on September 23,1984 in Granada Hills California. His parents, Darran and Karen Ray, raised Ray and his older brother in Sylmar, California then later moved to the Antelope Valley due to the cost of living. From there he became a drummer yet had to trade it all in for guitar once he found out that he was moving to Santa Barbara just after his 20th birthday.
Once there Ray studied Marine Technology, Business Economics, Computer Science, Photography and Philosophy. Yet these were just building blocks to the career he has created for himself as an artist.
After loosing his job at a local Technology Consulting Firm, Ray begun his career as a fine artist painting acrylic works and later moved on to digital illustration and is currently working on a series of sculptures.
As a child Ray was intrigued by lyrics and the cover art to his favorite musicians. Reading intently as each verse was sung, he was destined to understand their message. A self taught poet by the age of 10 and short story writer who's talent would amaze every member of the family, Ray found that expression was the way to communicate with oneself.
Photography became an addition to the writings that Ray would produce on a consistent basis and eventually illustration became a staple as well. Filling up the space around each and every poem, a Ray would utilize each inch of the page with every color he could.
Once moving to Santa Barbara, CA to study Marine Technology, shortly after Ray began to realize that he wasn't the best swimmer and left the program after failing the swim test to study Business Economics. After a few weeks of class and profitable stock trades, he was approached by an executive account manager from one of the local investment banking firms and was asked to be apart of the team. Enthusiastic about the opportunity, Ray got on board and thought his career just begun, yet no more than a few weeks after starting Ray was devastated to hear that the firm was being purchased by another bank due to the 2008-2009 financial recession and would soon liquidate it's assets and disperse new and current employees. The news was devastating and Ray was forced to conclude that investment banking was not going to be his dream come true.
After moving on, Ray decided to take an alternate corse besides the traditional education system and began to express himself through paint on canvas. A few acrylics and canvases were gifted to him and he was quick to utilize them. First expressing abstract spreads of color, then very primitive dark self portraits. At the time Ray became unemployed and sunk into the deepest depression of his life. Not leaving the house he was staying in for months, Ray found comfort in what he was expressing and shortly began working as a sales coordinator while continuing his artistic expression through acrylic paint. Leaving the sales position and getting into an information technology consulting business, Ray was given the opportunity of meeting and seeing the most elite art and collectors in the area. Exposed to collections never seen by him before, Ray developed a sense of direction. After moving from Santa Barbara CA to Montecito CA, Ray was given a small garage studio by his landlord and the opportunity to produce a very large body of acrylic/ installation work. The first was done on July 5th 2001, in front of a live audience during a concert event in Santa Barbara CA. The event opened the door to the most political works that Ray has ever done.
After the position as an IT consultant came to an end, Ray was forced to result to unemployment and moving back in with his parents in Lancaster, CA. Once Ray settled with what needed to be, he began his career as a digital illustrator. Utilizing the digital work space and imported imagery, Ray was capable of producing a visual communication far beyond his previous understanding. These illustrations lead to "The Artist to Watch" award and show case winner from Artslant.com. His first group show in Pasadena, CA, his second in Manhattan New York at Artshow on Broadway, third also in Manhattan, New York at The Prince George Ballroom and his most recent in Los Angeles California at the Terrell Moore Gallery and countless website promotions worldwide.
Success and Acclaim
Ray has continued to progress in his work and sink deeper into his expressive talent. Starting Joshhua Ray Interprise, Ray began to offer merchandise, posters and prints for sale as he is completing a series of sculptures and installations titled, "The Poordom of My Life". Ray looks to expand his versatile talent into galleries, store front window displays and public locations across the globe. Ray has touched the heart of millions worldwide through print, online publications, advertisements and displays and looks to further his career by any means necessary.
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