Ray Sheldon was born in Etruria, Staffordshire. After leaving school at the age of 15 he worked in the ceramic industry, culminating as Art Director of Minton. As an artist and designer he has worked with some of the most prestigious brands around the world, including The Wedgwood Group, Royal Doulton, Ralph Lauren, Schumacher (New York), Hankyu (Tokyo) Liberty's of London, County Life Magazine and The National Trust for Scotland.
Commissions include Staffordshire Life, Tim Toft Violins, Lichfield Cathedral School, Mr Ian J Dudson, CBE, HM Lord- Lieutenant of Staffordshire, The Thames Pageant.
Ray's work explores the dynamics of still life; somewhere between the figurative and abstraction. A modernist at heart, he strives for simplification by reducing a composition to its essential characteristics. The planning of colour masses is a vital key in the work, with each painting reworked many times: objects rearranged, the negative spaces being as significant as the objects. Relishing the play between the flat surface and the illusion of depth and solidity, Ray prepares his own gesso boards and canvases manipulating the surface; this forms a very strong component of the final work.
"For me a still life painting is a living thing. I don't feel restricted by my subject, Giorgio Morandi showed me how to paint and keep busy with just one theme. I get hooked on an idea develop it and it will take me to other works."
Ray is currently President of the Society of Staffordshire Artists. His work is held in public collections at Borough Museum and Art Gallery, Staffordshire and The Godfrey Pilkington Art Gallery, St Helens.