|Ray Anthony Mc Cray is a cancer survivor. While recovering from lymphoma at Harvard General Hospital in 2002, he would get up and walk around the ward to look at the framed
art prints on the walls. Among the representations were Picassos, Van Gogh and Salvador Dali.
Mixed in with a recently acquired book featuring New York artist Basquiat, Ray was inspired
to paint the six works offered here.
”This is urban art. I painted on what ever was available.” Ray said. Some boards came from friends, others lying in allies, still others from long neglected construction sites. All aged and weathered by neglect in the streets of South Central. Ray found expression in these boards. He explored shapes, colours, form and human experiences.
Recently Ray was watching the Early Show on CBS. They were doing a report on art in hospitals.
Cedars-Sinai in Beverly Hills was featured receiving art donations from wealthy and grateful patients. Ray recalled the prints he had seen when he was in hospital and his paintings
carefully stored to make room for his latest work. It was then he decided he wanted to donate the pieces to Martin Luther King Hospital so that the people of his part of town could enjoy the art from this side of town. “Kids could see that they can express them selves too”
Ray wants to make sure that there is a place for these works on the walls of a hospital or other healing institutions in South Central, in a place were children or adults are recovering and might find comfort in regarding the paintings. Ray would like to have help promoting the show and gift. If a reception is not practical where the paintings are hung, Ray could bring other pieces including “Miles and Monk in the Sky” his landmark piano collage that was shown at the William Grant Stills Art
Center and present them in a place more appropriate for people to gather.
Art for hire