Roy Ray

1936 –

Roy moved to St Ives in 1974 working out of Porthmeor Studios, being one time Principal of the St Ives School of Art and a founder member of the Porthmeor Printmakers. He was heavily involved with the Penwith Gallery, The Mariners Gallery and The Tate. A recognised and respected artist who’s work is held both nationally and internationally.

One of many artists who have felt the magnetism of St Ives, capturing the magic and depth of its landscape and people.

Much of his inspiration comes from the past and the land. Not content with what he sees on the surface Roy rather ‘digs’ beneath the layers of land to reveal the depth and colour of the undiscovered wealth beneath – his work challenging the viewer to do the same – to explore the colour and texture.

Roy uses rich, earthy colours, often with recurrent shapes, sometimes resembling the human form. His work presents provocative thought about both past and present images which combined with the tactile appeal and strength of his work give a richness of tone and colour which glow with a vibrancy of light that appeals to both Contemporary and Traditional art lovers.