Pair of Ray Gilles drawings circa 1960
A pair of Ray Gilles fantasy cartoons dated about 1960 . Framed in similar 1960s style with aluminium frames .
Ray Gilles was a Belgian illustrator who died in 2011 , his work is beautifully drawn and these are rare coloured guache and ink drawings .
Ray Gilles is one of those cartoonists that were active in Belgium in the 1960′s, but whose name seems to have faded in the mists of time.
Ray's style was very recognizable: fine lines were alternated with thick black areas, combined with a series of cutouts. A style that was very much appreciated leading to exhibitions in Brussels, Antwerp and Liège and collective shows in Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent, Mechelen, Molanwelz and Milan.
In 1961 he debuted with his cartoons on the Flemish Humour Festival. He was asked to design a carpet for the Belgian Ministery of Economic Affairs and won the Prix La Métropole for young Antwerp painters. He contributed to magazines and periodicals like Tijd en Mens, Bouwen en Wonen, Summier, Art Abstrait and Kontrast. Cartoons by Ray Gilles were published in De Standaard, and he also designed books and magzines and theatre posters. His work was regularly published in Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, Germany and Italy. Gebrauchsgraphik showcased his art, and Swiss magazines heralded him as “a master of graphical humour” (this paragraph is a short profile written by Belgian cultural journalist Gaston Durnez).
He was married to Stella van der Auwera, an abstract painter, fabric designer and teacher at the academy of Mechelen.