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Ang-Ray Self Portrait

Ang-Ray draws his inspirations from great artists such as El Greco, Delacroix, van Gogh, Cezanne, Picasso, de Kooning, Bacon & Serra among others. His series of artwork is also inspired by the diverse multi cultural people he met while travelling and living in various cities around the world.

Born in Borneo, Ang-Ray moved to Singapore at the age of 13 to continue his education there. He has lived and worked in Hong Kong, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur & London before coming to work & paint in NYC. Through his travels he met and connected with many people of different races, religions and cultures. He embraced their colorful background and diversities and expresses this world view in his artwork. He wants to invite his viewers to connect and have a “spiritual bonding” with his art.

His earlier paintings were influenced by the Post Impressionist & Expressionist artists, especially van Gogh, Seurat & Monet. Later works were influenced by the Abstract Expressionist artists namely Kandinsky, de Kooning, Pollack, Hoffman & Gorky. His current work continues to evolve in three main series:The “Olympix”, The Organic CP & The Portraits Figurative with a fresh modern twist. Great artists such as Cezanne, Picasso, Rembrandt, Francis Bacon and Richard Serra continue to inspire him to develop further into his artwork.

“My Three Series: The ‘Olympix’, The Organic CP and The Portraits-Figurative are base on the power of human connection, interaction & communication that promote peace & harmony on people to co existence & connect Spiritual” Ang-Ray

He currently lives and is working on his next art project in New York City and East Hampton.

Ang-Ray Art Exhibit – ARC Gallery Chelsea NYC

The Materials & Tools

The materials he uses are multi-layers of traditional old & new materials (East – West fusion), such as Chinese and Japanese rice paper, acrylic, metallic paints and oil medium are carefully laminated and painted on the canvas.

This labor intensive process produces a very intricate multi-textured mixed media oil paintings on canvas.

The Three Series:

1) The “Olympix” | 2) The Organic CP | 3) The Portrait

The “Olympix” Series – Mixed Media Oil Rice Paper on Canvas

The “Olympix” Series (spelled with an X) are multi-color Ellipses interlocking with each another, abstractly representing different nationalities, races, religions and backgrounds – connecting with each other “spiritually”. The underlying colors reflect the wonderful rich cultures and ethnicity within them.

The Organic CP Series – Oil on Canvas

The Organic CP Series are abstract oil paintings, monoprints and drawings of beautiful nature and surroundings observed and inspired by the artist. The surroundings (in-door & out-door) connecting, moving & interacting with their environments, landscape and space in a harmonious complex manner (similar to human connection).

The Portrait Series : Oil on Canvas

The Portrait and Figure Series examine the multi-complex layers behavior deep within us human. By observing & studying the subjects (without judgement) and trying to understand who they actually are “naked” really interests me.

Studying and learning a person’s background, history, living environment & surrounding fascinate me greatly. “Creating paintings beyond the superficial surface interest me more than just painting a beautiful portraits.” Ang-Ray