Opening reception - Saturday, January 7th, 6pm-9pm
January 7, 2006
through February 4, 2006
On View January 7th - February 4th, 2006
Opening Reception Saturday January 7th, 2006 from 6 p.m - 9 p.m.
For Sweet Victory Ray Caesar redefines possibility and pushes the boundaries of digital art, moving away from multiples to create completely innovative digital artworks. Caesar experiments with new techniques and materials on a larger scale, applying each one-of-a-kind digital ultrachrome and acrylic medium print on wood panel with varnish. Combining themes of hope, birth, and victory of the human soul, Caesar parlays the spiritual nature of his art.
Sweet Victory embodies mysteries of birth and rebirth—the core of art and creation. Caesar conveys hope in spite of a world filled with destruction. Although children are the dominant subjects of his works, Caesar “paints” pictures of the human soul—“that alluring image of the hidden part of ourselves.”
First sculpting models in a three dimensional software called Maya, Caesar then wraps the figures and backgrounds in manipulated texture maps. This malleable digital process involves elements of childhood nostalgia for Caesar, who recalls sculpting dolls with placticene, hence the bulbous figurative heads. Casting digital lights, shadows, and reflections, Caesar accomplishes a baffling realism. A collector of textiles and keen observer of textures, Caesar photographs, scans and manipulates swatches of fabrics or skin surfaces in and transposes those onto the digital skeleton models.
Born in London in 1958 Ray Caesar is currently a resident of Toronto, Canada, where he lives with his wife. He studied at the Ontario College of Art and worked as a medical artist for The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto for seventeen years prior to his position as a Senior Animator at GVFX Toronto. Caesar is the recipient of a several awards and recognitions including Monitor Award for Special Effects in a series, a Primetime Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Special Effects in a Series, and a Gemini Nomination for Special Effects. His work has been published in numerous publications, including Juxtapoz, WeAr Fashion, EFX Art and Design, Digital Media World 2004 Australia, Computer Graphics World, New CG China, and Glamour Magazine, to name a few.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Ray Caesar was born in 1958 in London. At an early age, his family moved to Toronto, Canada, where he currently resides. From 1977—80 he attended Ontario College of Art, followed by 17 years from 1980—96 working in the art & photography department of the Hospital For Sick Children in Toronto, documenting disturbing cases of child abuse, surgical reconstruction, psychology, and animal research. Coupled with inspiration from surrealists Kahlo and Dali, Caesar’s experiences at the hospital continue to influence his artwork. His haunting imagery is created digitally using 3D modeling software called Maya, mastered while working in digital animation for television and film industries from 1998—2001. In 1999, Caesar received a Primetime Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Special Effects in a series.