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- 107 E Charleston Blvd
- Las Vegas
- United States
Dray, one of the pioneers of the Las Vegas art scene as both artist and gallery owner, is bringing it back home in more ways than one. After several years away from Las Vegas exploring the “investigative field of experience,” Dray has returned to the heart of 18B with Dray Studio & Gallery, a second-floor space in the Arts Factory Dray is an internationally recognized and published painter best known for his large scale murals, musical themed abstract canvases and colorful portraits of beautiful women. His work has been exhibited at the Majorie Barrick Museum at UNLV and is in the permanent collection of the Hispanic Museum of Nevada. He was one of the first local artists to live and work in the downtown Las Vegas arts district. Highly regarded by veterans of the Vegas visual arts scene for his efforts in helping cultivate the cultural zone that now plays host to monthly First Friday festivals. He has served on the First Friday Advisory Committee, a 15 member board that plans and impliments First Friday, downtown’s monthly event that draws as many as 10,000 visitors at a time to the Arts District. His approach as an artist is fused with an abiding interest in community and inspiring the youth. Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA in 1966, Dray is primarily a self-taught painter. His work is influenced by abstract expressionism and street art. Dray began to focus even more on just visual arts when he moved from Los Angeles to Las Vegas at the turn of the century. This move marked his decision to devote all of his time to developing his artistic vision as a painter. His subsequent travels to Sri Lanka, Singapore, Atlanta and three years in San Francisco ¬allowed him to gain insight that influenced the direction of his career and honed his artistic vision, which he brought back to Las Vegas recently along with a rejuvenated spirit and gallery.