Carl Ray

Carl Ray, Cree artist, author (b at Sandy Lk, Ont 18 Jan 1943; d at Sioux Lookout, Ont 26 Sept 1978). After his schooling he became a trapper, logger and gold miner. He contracted tuberculosis and continued his painting as therapy. A superb draughtsman, Ray was capable of painting in several different styles and media. His work stands out in the flat 2-dimensional Anishnabe (Ojibwa) school for the implied third dimension he gave each creature and for the graceful curves and original compositions. His influence is evident in the work of many Anishnabe artists today. Universally admired, he was, with Norval Morrisseau, one of the first native Ontario artists to defy tribal taboos and depict the sacred legends. Ray was commissioned to work on the Indians of Canada Pavilion at EXPO 67. Editor of Kitiwin, the Sandy Lake newspaper, he was coauthor and illustrator of The Sacred Legends of the Sandy Lake Cree (1971).