Ever since the TV show Mad Men emerged in 2008, the unmistakably American Mid-Century-Modern look (covering interior style between the 1940s to the 1960s) has tapped into our love of all things vintage. In light of this, Rex Ray’s art prints, with their particularly Californian feel, are the perfect complement to this still popular trend.
I was surprised to learn that Rex Ray himself was only born in 1956, having trained as a graphic designer. The San Francisco based artist, who’s worked for some of the world’s biggest brands, began to create artworks such as Tierra in the 1990s as an outlet for his creativity, feeling increasingly constrained by working on large corporate advertising accounts for companies like Sony. The video below was produced by the artist himself summarising his career and how he creates his original work in collage, using papers that have unusual effects like the wood and tile pattern mix seen in Rio One above.
See here for more Rex Ray prints in a framed setting and how his art (influenced by diverse movements such as the Arts and Crafts movement and Op Art) fits in with a selection of mid-century design classics, such as the iconic Charles and Ray Eames lounge chair and footstool that you see in the image at the top of this post.