Rayford

Paris by Rayford
Paris

Tea At The Palace by Rayford
Tea At The Palace

Paris II by Rayford
Paris II

Moonscape by Rayford
Moonscape

Perspective Ėskewing townscapes and somewhere-in-the-back-of-the-head recognizable waterfronts visually characterize the unique compositional persuasions employed by one the UKís most promising and talked up contemporary cityscape artists, Rayford James Holroyd. Captured by day or by night, Rayfordís angle-bending pictorial insights into the oft-unseen quarters of some of our favourite landmarks are a compositional joy to behold and enrapture viewers as they attempt to get their art-loving heads around the illustrative prospect thatís set out before them. Not a creative practitioner to solely concentrate his efforts on the most obvious of popular destinations, Rayford is just as likely to graphically connect with a Robin Hoodís Bay, Staithes or Whitby vista as he is a Tower Bridge, St Paulís Cathedral or a more familiar (and native to him) York Minster panorama.

York-dwelling Rayford was actually born on the tíother side of the English north, namely in Standish, Wigan back in 1978, yet his family upped sticks and moved across the country from west to east whilst their future professional artist son was still a mere nipper. And itís from this neck of the North Yorkshire woods (towns, coves, harbours and fishing villages) that Rayford seeks out much of his inspiration as he regularly casts his graphically-encompassing net as far afield as the Fossil Coast itself. And thereís not many people in the region who arenít visibly aware of Rayfordís artistic credentials, including the local lords and ladies it would seem. Indeed, whilst studying for a degree in Industrial Design at university, Rayford spent large chunks of his student spare time crafting pencil drawings. Sketches which were so good he quickly built a reputation in the area which resulted in commissioned work coming pouring in.

Helping to alleviate the financial strains of student days, Rayfordís financial cause was significantly helped by the local gentry in the shape of the Hon. Simon Howard of Castle Howard fame (and ownership), which is located in North Yorkshire. And a place some people might recall was the setting for one of televisionís most successful seriesí, Brideshead Revisitedí. Despite managing to sell one of his early pieces to the Howards, Rayford took a while longer before reaching the heights of the creative big time, and spent the years immediately after graduating as a 3d designer. However he made it his business to continue to create pencil drawings, both as a commission-based side line and for his own pleasure/burgeoning portfolio as and when time allowed. Having taught himself the rudiments of fine artistry, now-celebrated contemporary practitioner Rayford soon developed an interest in dabbling in a variety of hues and saturations, as something of a departure from his hitherto monochrome ventures in canvas; keen to see where it would take him next in his self-education.

Eventually trying to juggle the responsibilities of a demanding full-time career with his more indulgent artistic sensibilities became too much, and Rayford arrived at the conclusion that something had to give as he stretched himself out of shape. So in 2010 the up-and-coming artist made the decision to launch himself as a professional and commit the necessary time required to evolve his fledgling style and to develop his promising ability in the realm of his chosen subject matter and preferred genre. Fast forward some 6 years down the line and today Rayfordís default style setting is one which draws on fun times and a warmth and personality which reaches out and grabs the viewer. Whatís more Rayfordís star continue in the ascendency, testified by a number of features focusing on his life and visual times appearing in a raft of publications since he turned pro. If youíre in the market for a compositional piece which embraces stunning landscapes and harnesses within an eclectic fusion of traditional, historical and modern architectural nuances (and is bereft of the distractions of the populace), then Rayford is your man.

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Paris by Rayford
Paris
Tea At The Palace by Rayford
Tea At The Palace
Paris II by Rayford
Paris II
Moonscape by Rayford
Moonscape
London Slumber by Rayford
London Slumber
Moonlight on Derwent by Rayford
Moonlight on Derwent
London Bus by Rayford
London Bus
Powers Fading by Rayford
Powers Fading
London Sunrise by Rayford
London Sunrise
Manhattan Sunrise by Rayford
Manhattan Sunrise
Night Lights by Rayford
Night Lights
Purple Haze by Rayford
Purple Haze
Westminster Moonshine by Rayford
Westminster Moonshine
Westminster Night by Rayford
Westminster Night
Off With His Head by Rayford
Off With His Head