Friday, March 1, 2013

Featured Artist: Ray Ferrer (Spray Paint & Stencil Artist)

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"Closure" by Ray Ferrer

By Dana McClellan


My Two Cents

As a novice appreciator of art, without knowledge of art-world lingo, I have only the ability to write what I experience in my own words as best I can. I first sit with the art images without labeling them to see what descriptives I come up with on my own, and then go to see what other people "in the know" have to say about the work.

When I initially viewed the creations of Ray Ferrer, the first thoughts that came to mind were: natural, soulful, emotional, pure, and timeless. His work is always done in black and white, and where I would normally view a black and white photo as dramatic and a little edgy, Ferrer's pieces have a soft, spiritual quality to them. His use of white creates an illumination that feels other-worldly to me. It is evident that while engaged in the process of creating, Ferrer has a conscious awareness which gives him the ability to draw out the soul of his subjects or perhaps the potential consciousness of humanity.


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Ray Ferrer


In his own words,

 I am an East Coast based artist who, through my work, seeks to utilize various harmonies and ideas to visually engage the audience. I also use my art as an opportunity to experiment with the range of possibilities allowed through my choice of materials, spray paint and hand cut stencils.

My work captures spaces of partial or full illumination between the perfect shadows on all sides of a person or an object. The artwork conveys the real beauty of the subject. The viewer is able to appreciate the simplicity, splendor and exquisiteness of my work and the subject. The work is raw, it’s stripped back, it’s honest.

I am vehemently opposed to using art as a means to rely on overly-complex theories or ideas to prop up mediocre images. I believe that the quality of the actual work is what is paramount.

His Inspiration

My inspiration comes from my environment, childhood memories and/or manifestations of everyday life. Each piece of mine is connected to me through some instance or emotion or place in time from my life.  I am constantly inspired to create new pieces when I have a thought or hear a song that brings back a memory or something significant in my life.


Artist Statement: I'm from NY born and raised. I was in the Army for 6 years. I have my MBA from Auburn University and was a management consultant and business strategist for many years. I've traded it all in for a paint can and love what I do.  I make very unique and custom artwork for people and businesses all around the world by hand cutting stencils and painting them onto canvas and onto large walls. I travel to client sites for larger murals and mail out smaller pieces. I will go anywhere to do a mural! My artwork is inspired by wanting to see things I absolutely love in a different light.

To Set the Mood

I created an Old School Jazz playlist for the art you are about to view. 
I believe the music enhances the nostalgic urban vibe of the art.



Please hit the forward button in the YouTube video before proceeding to the art.





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"Vice" 

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"Intuition" 

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"Baltimore"

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"Chess"


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"Fashion"


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"Sax"

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"Smokin' Lady"

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"Statue of Liberty"

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"Solo"

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"Turmoil"


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"Optimism"

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"Youth"

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"Bride"

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"Anticipation"

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"Play"

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