Ray Sheldon born in Josiah Wedgwood Street, Etruria, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire whose father worked on Shelton Bar, attended The Burslem School of Art, then worked as an artist/designer in the pottery industry raising to Art Director of Mintons, working with top prestigious brands in the world including Wedgwood, Royal Doulton, Ralph Lauren, Tiffany and Liberty's of London.
Ray says that his "work explores the dynamics of still life; somewhere between the figurative and abstraction". He continues that he is "striving for simplification, by reducing a composition to its essential characteristics".
He also goes on to say that "My painting style has been pared down and simplified over the years.The planning of colour masses is a vital key in my work, as colour can arouse the deepest thoughts and emotion.For me a still life painting is a living thing.Each work is reworked many times, objects rearranged, for me the negative spaces are as significant as the objects.I love the play between the flat surface and the illusion of depth and solidity.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.I prepare my own gesso boards and canvases manipulating the surface this forms a very strong part of the final work. Over the years I have experimented with different media but now prefer to work in acrylics.I am a modernist at heart.".
The work produced has a flattened quality to it much in the style of Mary Fedden, while Ray likes to relate an influence as being the Scottish Colourists.