LUCY RAY IS AN ARTIST LIVING & WORKING BETWEEN AUSTRALIA & ABU DHABI.

Lucy Ray is a Melbourne artist raised in Yeppoon, on the traditional land of the Darumbal People of Central Queensland, living between Australia and Abu Dhabi, UAE.

 

Her work blends the real and the imagined in scenes that combine the sense of being an outsider, feelings of being alone but not alone and bridging the ordinary and the uncanny. She strives to capture the natural world and small everyday things contemplatively by presenting an altered interpretation.

Recurring themes in her work include loneliness, nostalgia and the notions of sonder and liminality. These themes are explored through detailed drawings composed of multi-layered graphite marks on paper, a process that is meditative and creates a textured dimensionality and movement.

 

Creating narratives in bleak and desolate environments, populated by strange figures and out-of-place objects, invites the viewer to contemplate more than what is seen in her work. The works become a peculiar mirror on which the viewers can layer their perceptions and meaning.​

Moving part-time to Abu Dhabi in 2019, she has actively pursued the art community in Australia and internationally, exhibiting and hosting a workshop with Black and White Diary's travelling gallery in Dubai and Melbourne through invitational group shows and collectives.

 

In 2022 she had her second solo show in Melbourne, Australia. Attended the SIM art residency, Korpúlfsstaðir, in Reykjavík, Iceland. Is a finalist in several art prizes and was awarded the works on paper prize for Brunswick Street Gallery's Fifty Squared Art Prize in Melbourne, VIC.

PUBLICATIONS

2023

Tomorrow's Talent Book III | Booooooom!

2022

Artist profile | Booooooom!

Path | Niche - Dovetail Magazine

Canvas book II | Canvas Collective

ART PRIZES

2023

The Dobell Drawing Prize 23 | Finalist

2022

TACIT Still Life Prize | Winner - Art Room Subscription Prize

Brunswick St Gallery Fifty Squared Art Prize | Winner - Works on paper 

Boynes Emerging Artist Award 7th edition | Finalist

Fortyfivedownstairs ​Emerging Artist Award | Finalist

JADA Art Prize | Finalist  

Gosford Art Prize | Finalist  

 

2020

Delphian summer show | Shortlisted  (juried)

2019

ANL Art Prize | Shortlisted (juried)

RESIDENCIES

2023

Vermont Studio Centre | Vermont, USA

2022

SIM | Korpúlfsstaðir, Iceland

EDUCATION

2006

Degree | Bachelor of Built Environment, Interior Design, Queensland University Of Technology

2002

Diploma | Fine Art, Painting / Silver-smithing, TAFE Queensland

 

Short courses :

2021

Morimoto Studio | Keita Morimoto, Landscape Painting - Classical to Contemporary

2020

Domestika | Marco Mazzoni, Chiaroscuro Creative Portrait with Pencils

Coursera | Moma, In the Studio: Postwar Abstract Painting

2018

Melbourne Studio of Art | Brock Q Piper, Abstract Painting

EXHIBITIONS

2022

The Ghost who walks | Off the Kerb 

 

2019

Sense | Off the Kerb 

GROUP SHOWS

2023

Locals | Outré Gallery

2022

Still life Art Prize | Tacit Gallery

Feast | Brunswick St Gallery

Revelations | ​ Visionary Art Collective

OURS | Ours Fitzroy 

Path | Niche - Dovetail Magazine

Spring Days | Off the Kerb

Canvas book II | Canvas Collective

Joy | Off the Kerb

Spring days | Off the Kerb

Lemonade | Honey Bones Gallery

2021

Bones | Honey Bones Gallery

Oysters & Art | Fort Heart

Overexposed | Visionary Projects NYC

For the earth | Mafa Gallery Fort Heart

This Uncertain Freedom | Canvas Collective

The Darkest Night | The Old Bar Gallery

Winter days | Off the Kerb

Lands | Off the Kerb

For the earth | Fort Heart

Resurrection | Off the Kerb

2020

Still Life | No Vacancy Gallery

Hope in Isolation | Fort Heart 

Metamorph | No Vacancy Gallery

13th Birthday show | Off the Kerb

Group show & Workshop | Black&White Diary

2019

Christmas gallery show | Off the Kerb 

Small 45 | FortyFive Downstairs

Family & friends | Daine Singer Gallery 

Botanical spring | Brunswick St Gallery (juried)
Winter days | Off the Kerb 

Animalia | Off the Kerb

2018

Fifty Squared Art Prize | Brunswick St Gallery