This latest edition of Sparrow focuses on William Wray, an American cartoonist and landscape painter, best known for his Urban Landscape series of paintings, his long-running 'Monroe' series which ran in Mad magazine, and the animated TV show, The Ren and Stimpy Show.
William Wray has lived in California most of his life and studied painting at the Art Students League in New York.
Making his living as a cartoonist who specialized in painted subjects, he spent many years coalescing a eclectic array of art styles, ultimately finding his voice in a contemporized reflection of traditional California regional painting that focus on humble subject matter rarely considered as fine art.
Wray blends traditional skill sets of realism and the sheer energy of abstract expressionism in an ongoing evolution to find the balance between two seemingly unrelated styles. Wray has challenged himself to create a brand of realistic expressionism he hopes to use a bridge into the customarily circumspect contemporary art world.
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