Lynda Ray has been working with encaustic since its re-emergence 1986. Originally from Massachusetts where she received my BFA from Mass. College of Art and Design she then attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, where she had the honor of studying with Joseph Campbell and Agnes Martin. Shortly after, in 1989, she was the recipient of the Mass. Artist Foundation Fellowship in Sculpture and was a Finalist in Painting. Later she moved to NYC where she exhibited extensively including OK Harris Gallery and AIR. Her work and interview with Julie Karabenick are posted on the international forum Geoform.net. Work has been included in The Art of Encaustic Painting by Joanne Mattera. She has exhibited my work and held workshops throughout the United States including exhibitions in Massachusetts including; Swept Away: Translucence, Transparence, Transcendence in Contemporary Encaustic, Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA. Curator: Michael Giaquinto which has traveled to The Hunterdon Museum in Clinton, NJ.
She states: My paintings are containers of time with overlapping transparent layers of color forming a whole. Organic, geometric shapes and space vie for dominance. My process sometimes produces unexpected contours like the curve of the macrocosm, which is bent by mass and energy.
Lynda Ray is …creating the perception of dimension on a flat plane. First there is the herringbone pattern that makes what appears to be an accordion-fold painting. Then there are the linear geometric shapes that dance vertiginously above the peaks of the folds. Ray heightens the illusion… that you have to look twice to understand that what you think you see is not really what you see at all. Each painting in her oeuvre provides multiple illusionistic surprises.
Joanne Mattera, quote from Depth Perception catalogue for exhibition at the Cape cod Museum of Art. http://www.ccmoa.org
May 11- June 4 2017
Also distinct — though still geometric — are the encaustic works by Lynda Ray, who takes rectilinear shapes but conveys them with unexpected painterly flourishes.
MICHAEL PAGLIA | MAY 20, 2015