Monday, February 04, 2008


Oh and I almost forget there is a article on me with a truncated demo of this little painting in the new issue of Artists Magazine on the stand now. Run out and buy it or order it on there web site. Please, I'm begging you. ;-)

Convair 990 16x24 oil on wood

Lots of great news, the big one is I’ve been invited to have a one-man show at the Bakersfield Museum of art in December. I’m taking it very seriously by focusing all the paintings on Bakersfield and the surrounding area. I’ve printed up a hundred little promo postcards of the jet above. Send me a stamped self-address envelope and I’ll send you a sighed one. Look for the museum link under my links under BMOA------>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

I’m also happy to say I’ve been accepted into the Greenhouse Gallery’s contest this year and the California Art Clubs Gold Metal show. I’m 50 and I can still KICK!!! ;-)

The jet is another Mohave painting, a Convair 990 This one was a testbed aircraft for the Space Shuttle Landing gear. It now been retired as a display piece for the front of the airport. I think all airports should have a big ass jet at the entrance.

For all of you who don't like jets, here is a painting of a brick.


Blogger Urban Barbarian said...

Okay, flat out - that painting rocks! Wow! Love to see more of this sort of thing. Pushing perspective but not necessarily in a Kirby fashion - but still progressive to some degree. Very cool.

7:18 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Dan I hope you come back you saw the CMYK version. ;-)

7:21 PM  
Blogger Justin Clayton said...

Dude, that's awesome... all of it.

7:29 PM  
Blogger Jason Waskey said...


(sorry for shouting)

Congrats on all the shows! The Convair is a pretty kick ass painting.

7:39 PM  
Blogger Jason Chalker said...

Congrats man! That's awesome. I'm definitely digging your jet paintings. Any chance there'll be more?

The brick's mighty nice, also. :)

7:53 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Congratulations William! I love the jet painting, and even when you'll be 100 you'll still rock, even more!

8:39 PM  
Blogger Urban Barbarian said...

That's odd. Looks the same to me. Frigg'n awesome!

And BTW, I'll always come back to you...!

8:50 PM  
Blogger Michael Chesley Johnson, Artist / Writer said...

Congratulations, Bill! Good job on the one-man show and all the rest.

The jet is heavier than the brick, but the brick doesn't fly as well. Curious.

4:34 AM  
Blogger indiaartist said...

Love the jet. Congratulations on all the great news. Al the best for the show.

5:44 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Congrats on the show! Odd paradox one defies gravity and the othe embodies it.

10:10 AM  
Blogger Tami O. said...

Wow, that's great news. I grew up in the Tehachapi area. Any plans to paint the wind farms? They're so wonderfully creepy.

10:13 AM  
Blogger Drake Brodahl (pumml) said...

You're 50 and still kick... serious ass. That's probably the best brick I've ever seen. Congrats on the big shows, definitely well-deserved!

10:29 AM  
Blogger tonypetersart said...

Funny... at first I thought the brick was a modernistic seaside apartment building.

The jet looks fantastic, you really resolved it since last I saw, and it looked good then too. The light pink sky and powder-blue jet make for a nice color combo. Dramatic composition, this piece works at many levels.

10:43 AM  
Blogger tonypetersart said...

Oh, and congrats on the Bakersfield Museum show. Coincidentally, Aron just got offered a show there too. You're in good company.

10:48 AM  
Blogger Kelly Parker said...

loved the painting!


1:43 PM  
Blogger Sherm said...

Fantastic composition and (once again) amazing lighting on the airplane painting. Bakersfield is getting a real treasure!

3:27 PM  
Blogger BoneDaddy said...

Yes, more building materials! Seriously.

3:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gotta admit: at first I thought this is the cover of the new big Bill Wray art-book published by Chronicle Books (because of the format ;) )...unfortunately, it is not...nevertheless, this painting is on my list of "top-five-Wray-paintings" ;) ...awesome!

3:53 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Justin, as yours are every day!

6:35 PM  
Blogger Uncle Phil said...

Great news all around Bill. Way to go. And both paintings are sick, awesome stuff. It's been really exciting to watch your painting develop. Thanks for letting us all in on your journey.

7:35 PM  
Blogger David Lobenberg said...

No doubt about're an interpretive, aeronautical painting stud! Congrats on your great news!

9:22 PM  
Blogger Kim VanDerHoek said...

Just like Thorsten, I too was hoping this was the cover of a new William Wray book. It's a great painting! Congrats on the shows!

10:06 PM  
Blogger Joe Kresoja said...

Congratulations Bill. Always digging your posts. That brick is solid

10:14 AM  
Blogger william wray said...


3:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You set your goal and achieved it. Great News William!

8:25 PM  
Blogger Chloe Cumming said...


I love your brick. So great that people are paying attention to you, it gives one hope.

4:52 AM  
Blogger Chloe Cumming said...

Oh and where can I email you? You left me a comment where you mentioned emailing you... I can't find the address here. Would like to. x

4:55 AM  
Blogger Ambera said...

my my, what a nice brick! I mean that!

4:36 PM  
Blogger Albert Sorrentino Jr. said...

i love checking out your painitngs!
these are fanstatic, but the mark twain hotel is my favorite!!

11:39 AM  
Blogger Danny Griego said...

Just saw the mag article tonight, just wanted to congratulate you. The first painting hits you smack in the face, I really dig that they printed it on two pages. It was like a art punch in the face, bold and a great lead into the article. Sweet!

9:01 PM  
Blogger chia said...

¡Hawt Damn! That airplane painting is something else!! I'm gonna go find me an envelope right now!

12:58 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Jason C. there will be more jets-- I've got two more done...

10:44 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

stef-- If I live to 100, I'll turn into a rock.

10:45 PM  
Blogger william wray said...


FYI-- I think bricks often fly. ;-)

10:47 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks India A!

10:50 PM  
Blogger shea holliman said...

All of your paintings rock! I love that you share them on the blog. I am a huge fan of your painting.

6:07 PM  
Blogger Ambera said...

Stunning car, superb sky. Love love love the sky.

7:30 AM  
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8:02 AM  
Blogger Paintopolis said...

Congrats on the shows Bill U da man! -James

8:04 AM  
Blogger bonnie-ann black said...

i picked up my copy of The Artists' magazine yesterday on the way home... i've had a rough couple of days at work, and haven't been checking out my favourite sites lately. so, i was thrilled and delighted to see your art featured in the magazine! i pointed it out to my sister, saying, "I *knew* I should have bought that daily painting when I wanted it. Now I'll never be able to afford his stuff!" really, seriously, i was glad to see you getting some well-deserved recognition. best of luck.

8:19 AM  
Blogger Leslie Sealey said...

Congratulations on the Artist's Magazine article!!!!
I was thrilled, they had all my favorite paintings in there, esp. "Dark Bus" and "Shovel!" YEAH!

6:21 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Hey Tales, Break my mask under the burial tree?

8:31 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Tami, an abandoned wind farm perhaps...

8:32 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Pumml-- Like Clint said Deservin' ain't got nothin' top do with it. ; )

8:33 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Tony-- Looks like it will be the postcard painting to rep the show.

12:37 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks Kelly sounds like you have it made.

12:40 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Sherm! My fellow B! thanks for the encuragement!

12:41 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Oh and I'm looking forward to your new book!

12:49 AM  
Blogger sandy said...

Wow, that is cool! Great news for you.

love all the paintings I haven't seen lately.


7:41 PM  

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