Ray (Cree) was born and raised on The Sandy Lake Reserve, the same
place where Norval Morrisseau and Joshim Kakegamic came from. This is
the geographic birthplace of Woodlands School of Art. Carl Ray was one of the first
native artists to show the secret legends of the Cree people in
He was the friend and apprentice to Norval Morrisseau,
Ojibway Shaman artist, and together they painted the large mural
for the Canadian Government for the Native People of Canada Pavilion
at Expo '67 in Montreal.
He had a unique x-ray style of painting,
often showing the inner organs and energy lines inside an animal
or man and presented his subjects often in turmoil with the elements.
To Ray life was full of conflict and redemption. His art
showed this struggle with Nature and Himself.
Carl Ray was fatally stabbed at 35 years of age, at Sioux
Lookout, Ontario in a domestic dispute in 1978.
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