Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The Otherworldy Images of Ray Caesar

(Above) Wallflowers © all rights reserved Ray Caesar (click for larger view)
(Above) Wallflowers Study 2 © all rights reserved Ray Caesar (click for larger view)

(Above) Wallflowers Study 3 © all rights reserved Ray Caesar (click for larger view)
(Above) Wallflowers Study 4 © all rights reserved Ray Caesar (click for larger view)
(Above) Wallflowers Study Above © all rights reserved Ray Caesar (click for larger view)

(Above) Sidesaddle © all rights reserved Ray Caesar (click for larger view)
(Above) Mourning Glory © all rights reserved Ray Caesar (click for larger view)
(Above) Harvest © all rights reserved Ray Caesar (click for larger view)
(Above) READ ABOUT RAY’S DIGITAL TECHNIQUE. No, they’re not paintings!
(click for larger view) © all rights reserved Ray Caesar
(Above) Daybreak © all rights reserved Ray Caesar (click for larger view)
(Above) Consort © all rights reserved Ray Caesar (click for larger view)

RAY CAESAR CREATES FANTASTIC, GRIMLY HOPEFUL, AND GRAVELY whimsical images of wizened children who radiate an enigmatic serenity. Sprouting bio-mechanical limbs and appendages, the figures are otherworldly, a melding of sci-fi fantasy, lush landscapes, and Victorian sensibilities. Working for 17 years in the Art and Photography Department of The Hospital For Sick Children in Toronto, Ray documented things such as child abuse, surgical reconstruction, psychology and animal research. The artist explains, “I often awake in the middle of the night and realize I have been wandering the hallways and corridors of the giant hospital. It is clear to me that this is the birthplace of all my imagery.” These experiences continually haunt and present themselves in his dreamy images, which draw inspiration from the works of Frida Kahlo, Salvador Dali, and Paul Cadmus.

Ray’s work is most astonishing in the fact it is all digitally created; most people assume they are looking at paintings due to the seamless blending and “painterly quality” of the work as well as its unique emotional impact. Creating models in a 3D modeling software called Maya, he then wraps them in painted and manipulated texture maps. Each model is set up with an invisible skeleton that allows him to pose each figure in its 3D enviroment. Digital lights and cameras are added with shadows and reflections simulating that of a mysterious and strange “real” world.

The above copy is from the Jonathan Levine Gallery, who represents Ray Caesar. All Caesar images are © of the artist, all rights reserved Ray Caesar.

4 comments:

j. Winkel said...

Jeepers! Nice. I lived in Manhattan for 25 years, and saw enough contemporary art to last a lifetime and more...but these are quite striking.

PK said...

The King !

Stephen said...

I love Ray's work, I have been following it for a while now. Mark Murphy's book on him is just amazing. Ray's work is very difficult to acquire.

jennifer said...

Hi i am trying to sell an original ray caesar she is number 9 out of 20. The piece is titled "troubled child" here is a link to what she looks like http://www.richardgoodallgallery.com/contemporaryart/m3/Ray-Caesar/p404/Trouble-Child-Study/product_info.html.
You can contact me at jenniferlhoffman@yahoo.com for pricing and more information

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