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Ray Sell
Brooklyn, NY

About the Artist

The work of Ray Sell attempts to simultaneously dissect and comment on the development of advertising and media in our society. Much of Ray’s work focuses on the impact the media has had on the male archetype. Ray uses images and magazine clippings from a vast swath of media produced over the last sixty years as his primary medium.

Ray hopes to create a forum for reflection and debate by questioning the ethos by which our culture rears its male brood. Appropriating vintage images of motorcycles, muscle cars, nude women, fierce beasts, cowboys and Indians, Ray has created a new message th…

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About the Artist

The work of Ray Sell attempts to simultaneously dissect and comment on the development of advertising and media in our society. Much of Ray’s work focuses on the impact the media has had on the male archetype. Ray uses images and magazine clippings from a vast swath of media produced over the last sixty years as his primary medium.

Ray hopes to create a forum for reflection and debate by questioning the ethos by which our culture rears its male brood. Appropriating vintage images of motorcycles, muscle cars, nude women, fierce beasts, cowboys and Indians, Ray has created a new message through the process of re-contextualization. By removing the images from their original contexts, he strips them of their original meaning.

Ray received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Ray’s artwork has since been displayed across the world in places such as New York, Miami, Asbury Park and Ireland.

Artist’s Work

Arm chair hero
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Arm Chair Hero

By Ray Sell

Launchin rockets
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Launchin' Rockets

By Ray Sell

Business
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Business

By Ray Sell

Big package
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Big Package

By Ray Sell

Life lessons
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Life Lessons

By Ray Sell

Breakfast of champions
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Breakfast of Champions

By Ray Sell

Busted
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Busted

By Ray Sell

The gunman
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The Gunman

By Ray Sell

Lookin glass
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Lookin' Glass

By Ray Sell

Baggage
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Baggage

By Ray Sell

Slide on in
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Slide On In

By Ray Sell

Mans mind
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Man's Mind

By Ray Sell

Bad boys
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Bad Boys

By Ray Sell

Super pill
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Super Pill

By Ray Sell

Big jump
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Big Jump

By Ray Sell

A good haul
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A Good Haul

By Ray Sell

Bear revenge
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Bear Revenge

By Ray Sell

Crash diet
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Crash Diet

By Ray Sell

Boys toys
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Boys Toys

By Ray Sell

Fly by
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Fly By

By Ray Sell

Selected Exhibitions

  • Blue Leaf Gallery
    Dublin Ireland, 2012
  • Leo Kesting Gallery
    New York NY, 2011

Press and Accolades

  • The Economist
    December 20th 2007
  • Forbes
    December 4th 2008
  • NY Magazine
    July 13th 2009

Education

  • School of Visual Arts, BFA illustration
    New York NY,2006 
  • Suny Rockland, AAS Graphic Design
    Suffern NY,2003