Saturday, February 12, 2011

1,200 Stitches Per Square Inch - The Art of Ray Materson

Ray Materson's work is astounding, and the incredible detail packed into his 2.5" x 3" masterworks is remarkable. While in prison at the Connecticut Pennitentiary, he one day traded cigarettes for a pair of socks, unthreaded them and thus his transformation from a cocaine addicted robber to artist began. His subject matter ranges from gut-wrenching scenes of drug use to inspiring images of baseball players and the American skyline.

 Mariano Rivera - Ray Materson
 

 NYC Skyline from Liberty Island - Ray Materson


Till Death Do Us - Ray Materson

Website - Be sure to click on the links for Recent Work and Past Work
http://www.raymaterson.com/

Video - 3-minutes - Ex-Con on Pins and Needles
http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=3057431n

Video - 3- minutes - Eye to Eye: Prison Embroiderer
http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=3057448n

American Primative Gallery
http://www.americanprimitive.com/index.cfm?section=artist_works&artist=Raymond Materson&hasBiography=1

2 comments:

Gerrie said...

Ray had an exhibition at the 2009 SDA conference and gave one of the lectures. It was so inspiring to hear about his life and how this all started.

Gwen Magee (Gwendolyn) said...

Wow,Gerrie! Wish I'd heard him...