Chris Ray

Sculpted since an early age. Both parents landscape architects. Trained as a diorama preparator in the Exhibition Department of the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Also sculpted ethnographic figures, full-sized and in miniature. Ran exhibition programs in 7 museums. Started Ray Museum Studios in 1983 where I make reconstructions of ancient archaeological sites and other scale models, restore telescopes and build ceramic pieces. I also make large landscape sculptures in a variety of materials.
I've been an active member of the Philadelphia Sculptors since 1995 and been in many shows.


Chris Ray Sculpture

Some of my recent works.

From Earth to Sky “From Earth to Sky”

Pretty much a pure abstract shape. Leads the eye skyward. 8 feet high.

Love Birds “Love Birds”

Doves of Peace and a heart. Flat cut-out sculptures, to be shown either as one pair like a gate, or lined up in rows to create a tunnel. Sheet steel 10 feet high by 22 feet wide.

Dream of the Walking Dune “Dream of the Walking Dune”

One night I slept under the stars near a large sand dune in a remote valley in Central Nevada. All through the night the dune made deep basso sounds as the sand grains moved. Next day I walked over the dune and fell in love with the wonderful shapes and purity of form. The round windward flanks and the sharp lee break-aways. I had breakfast in a local diner and the cowboys told me : "That thar is the walkin dune. Moves around the valley from year to year singin its wierd song."
24"h X 18" X 20" White marble.

Heart of Liberty “Heart of Liberty”

Ceramic bodacious Lady Liberty. 16"h X 7" X 5".

Up from the Deep “Up from the Deep”

This is an abstract creature from the depths based loosely on the Pleisiosaurs of the Cretaceous Seas. This model is made in plaster to achieve the smooth surface. It would be made in bronze for a static installation in a pool or fountain. For a kinetic version it would be made in fiberglass with a keel and a chain link to an anchor so it could swing around with wind and currents. A school of 3 would look good. 41"h x 75"L x 32" wide.