Bill C. Ray
Growing up in Juneau, Alaska in the 50’s, Bill C. Ray developed a broad interest in all forms of Alaskan imagery. He was raised on a steady diet of Fred Machetanz and Eustice Ziegler paintings, native Alaskan totem poles and carvings, and the ever-present landscape of mountains and water right outside his door.
Some of the very first artworks Bill C. Ray sold were pen and ink fish illustrations for the Alaska State Museum. Since then he has spent more than three decades producing an enormous body of work in oil, acrylic, charcoal, wood, stone, clay, and polymer resins. From sculptural fish popping out of toasters to huge murals of whales, eagles, and totemic legends, Ray has run the gamut. His worked has been exhibited in museums and galleries in the U.S. and Europe, and has been acquired for numerous public and private collections. Since 1991, he has lived and worked in Berlin, Germany where he continues to paint and sculpt his personal vision of Alaska.