Shray Bronze Sculpture Newly Represented by San Francisco's Gallery 444

San Francisco, CA, June 30, 2008 --( Bronze sculptor, Shray, is delighted to have been asked by this distinguished gallery to join their repertoire of international artists. Gallery 444 will display over a dozen of Shray's highly sought-after bronzes - from table top to lifesize, as well as her acclaimed mixed media paintings released this summer.

Located in San Francisco, California, Gallery 444 displays a unique collection of exciting original works, featuring important contemporary artists from around the world, showcasing only original prints, paintings and sculpture.

This month, June 2008, Gallery 444 presents "Un Hommage au Chat Noir" (An homage to the black cat), an amazing selection of today's artists taking us back in time with a tribute to the infamous Paris cafe and the masterful poster work of Theophile Alexandre Steinlen. More than 20 fine yet diverse artists have participated in this exhibition, including internationally renowned artists Graciela Rodo Boulanger, Rafal Olbinski, Donald Roller Wilson and Rossmary Valverde.

The exhibition will be on display at Gallery 444 through July 11, 2008.

Bronze sculptor, Shray, is one of the few working artists today who employs the rare Subtractionist technique. Like Michaelangelo, who released the human form in stone, Shray unveils her forms in blocks of clay. Through the lost wax process, her forms come to life in bronze. Great care is taken in the creation of each limited edition bronze. Shray feels that before she will put her name on the bronze sculpture, it must be perfect.

Shray invites you to explore her sculpture, read about her life and her technique, join her newsletter mailing list, and return again soon as she continues to add more bronzes to the site at

Shray's Biography

At age fifteen, Shray discovered the Greek sculpture, Winged Victory, at the Louvre in Paris and declared to her mother that she was to become a sculptor.

She began her formal classical training with a full scholarship at the Academy of Art in San Francisco and continued her studies at the San Francisco Art Institute with a full grant.

For eight years, Shray mentored with Italy's Piero Mussi, founder of the internationally renowned Mussi Artworks Foundry of Berkeley, California. She is now pursuing new creative works with Alan Osborne, owner of the Art Foundry and Gallery – one of Northern California’s premier bronze foundries.

Shray intensively studied the work of Rodin in Paris and her simplicity of form has been compared to Brancusi and Moore.

Shray's bronze sculpture is constantly evolving. Over the last fifteen years, Shray’s sculptures have received both national and international recognition in the form of awards and commissions.

Shray’s sculptures are characterized by fluid and graceful lines that give her pieces a strong emotional quality. She uses the unusual “subtractionist” method to coax the form from blocks of clay. “I can’t always explain what happens … my hands move and take pieces of clay away and I somehow discover the form that is waiting to be created.”

This celebrated artist and sculptor is represented in galleries throughout the United States and is collected internationally.

In order to capture the human emotions she strives for, Shray works full time in her Northern California studio. She shares her life with husband, Neal, a writer and historian.

Shray’s official website can be viewed at

Shray Bronze
Shray Bronze