Houston artist Dick Wray died early Sunday morning. The prolific, irascible painter’s public career spanned nearly 50 years. Born in Houston in 1933, Wray studied at the Kunstakademe, Dusseldorf, Germany, and UH’s School of Architecture. He began painting in 1959 and boasted that "I have shown every single year since 1959, no exception, to the present date. I have not missed one year. My bio’s every damn year." Messy and omnivorous, Wray’s canvasses included anything and everything, bouncing between gestural abstraction, mythic symbolism and magpie collage. In the 70s Wray, along with with Jim Love, Lucas Johnson, Harvey Bott, James Boynton, etc. helped construct the nascent Houston contemporary art scene. Said Wray of artmaking,"I have to come up with something new every single day. Every day, every day I’m challenged. It’s essential…like breathing." A service for Dick will be announced at a later date.
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