The Work and Wit of Rex Ray
Chronicle Books sent me a review copy of Rex Ray: Art + Design and I had to jump right in. I have to be honest, I didn't know who Rex Ray was, at first, but after delving into this book, I had one of those "Oh HIM" moments.
Rex Ray: Art + Design is published by Chronicle Books, with a Foreword by Douglas Coupland, an Essay by Michael Paglia, and an Interview with the Man himself by Steven Skov Holt. A lot of folks know, and LOVE, this guy.
Rex Ray (although born with a different name) is a San Francisco-based fine artist who has worked in many differents media forms, like paper cutouts and fabric, and has also done graphic design work for the likes of David Bowie (album covers) and R.E.M., The Cure, and Beck (concert posters).
Start looking through this book of Rex Ray's work and you will end up saying to yourself, "Oh yeah! I've seen that before!" It happens.
The Interview at the end of the book with Rex Ray is really great. He seems like such a nice guy and has a lot of passion - for his art as well as his community. I not only highly recommend this book, I want to meet him.
Oh yeah, in the book you will also learn where the name "Rex Ray" came from, what his dog's name is, and how he really feels about art school. You'll love it as much as I did.