Carl Ray

Carl Ray (Cree) was born on The Sandy Lake Reserve in 1943.  The Sandy Lake area was known as the birthplace of the Woodland School of Art, founded by artists such as Norval Morrisseau, the Kakegamic brothers and Carl Ray himself.  Primarily, a self-taught artist, Carl’s early images were heavily influenced by the secret legends of the Ojibway/Cree people.  These legends, held sacred by his people due to tribal custom, were previously unrecorded.  He also learned much about Ojibway legend from his grandfather, one of the most revered medicine men from his area.

As a young man Carl spent much of his early life hunting, trapping and fishing.  Through these experiences he gained an appreciation for his natural surroundings which also contributed to his imagery.

Carl Ray was a friend and apprentice to Norval Morrisseau, Ojibway Shaman artist.  Together they painted the large mural for the Canadian Government representing the Native People of Canada Pavilion at Expo '67 in Montreal.  Carl Ray had a unique x-ray style of painting, often showing the inner organs and energy lines inside an animal or figure.  His subjects were often shown in turmoil with the elements. To Ray life was full of conflict and redemption.

Towards the end of his life his focus grew more personal and reflected his own inner turmoil.  Carl Ray was fatally stabbed at 35 years of age, at Sioux Lookout, during a domestic dispute in 1979.

In his short career his works were also exhibited in shows at Brandon University, Brandon; St. Laurent Plaze, Ottawa; Confederation College and Lakehead University, both in Thunderbay.  His works selected as part of the collections of the Cultural Division of the Department of Indian Affairs, the Manitoba Centennial Corporation, the Hudson’s Bay Company and the Royal Ontario Museum.

Serpent

Artist: Carl Ray
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 24 x 30 Inches
Code No.: CR0371
Price: $4,500.00 Framed

Thunderbirds

Artist: Carl Ray
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 24 x 30 Inches
Code No.: CR0367
Price: $4,500.00

Wolf Howling to Boy in the Moon

Artist: Carl Ray
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 24 x 30 Inches
Code No.: CR0372
Price: $4,500.00

Moose

Artist: Carl Ray
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 24 x 30 Inches
Code No.: CR0377
Price: $4,500.00

Circling the Sun

Artist: Carl Ray
Medium: Acrylic on Paper
Size: 23 x 30 Inches
Code No.: CR0346
Price: $3,500.00

Men in Canoe with Water Dragon

Artist: Carl Ray
Medium: Acrylic on Paper
Size: 23 x 29 Inches
Code No.: CR0358
Price: $3,500.00

Ja-Ka-Baysh & the Giants

Artist: Carl Ray
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas Board, 1968
Size: 16x 20 Inches
Code No.: CR05
Price: $3,000.00 Framed

Thunderbird & Serpent

Artist: Carl Ray
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas, Circa 1970
Size: 38 x 29 Inches
Code No.: CR04
Price: $6,500.00 Framed

Legend of the Mosquito

Artist: Carl Ray
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas Board
Size: 24 x 36 Inches
Code No.: CR01
Price: $4,850.00 Framed

Geese on the Lake

Artist: Carl Ray
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 30 x 39 Inches
Code No.: CR02
Price: $5,850.00 Framed

Loon Diving

Artist: Carl Ray
Medium: Acrylic on Paper
Size: 12 x 16 Inches
Code No.: CR03
Price: $2,250.00 Framed