Ray Readdy

Ray Readdy was born in 1945, and was brought up in south east London; he qualified in mechanical engineering and worked until retirement as a draughtsman and later as a design engineer. Inspired by the works of the surrealists such as Magritte and De Chirico he started painting in his early twenties working in acrylic and oil. He joined a group called 'Free Painters & Sculptors' in London and exhibited in several local exhibitions. In 2001 he had a solo show in the Crypt Gallery of St Martin in the Fields, London that brought together over fifty paintings under the title of 'Journey into Abstraction'.

Since his retirement Ray has concentrated on working in sculpture where he has found a new freedom to experiment, creating works that have made good use of his engineering background. Using wood, metal, resin, plastics, fibreglass and found objects he has created over forty sculptures that all use juxtaposition to reflect contemporary issues in a clever and often amusing way. Ray has developed a unique sculpture style that is both witty and varied in scope and vision – some deal with the Western world's obsession with materialism, consumerism and greed, others make uncomfortable statements about war and the use of weaponry whilst others mock fashion and advertising trends. All give a fresh and unusual insight into political, social issues whilst exposing the often frivolous and absurd nature of the human condition.

TROPHY

TROPHY

50 x 24 cm Mannequin head with hat and jewellery on trophy shield £475

LIFE CYCLE

LIFE CYCLE

60 x 32 cm Tap, cut glass bowl, hair, stainless steel tube, replica egg on wood base £1600

ART LOVER

ART LOVER

Hand cut wood on aluminium base £1000

LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT

LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT

170 x 75 (incl stand) Chandelier frame, syringes, stand £4000

WRONG TIME, WRONG PLACE

WRONG TIME, WRONG PLACE

46 x 33 cm Camping stove, saucepan, model bird with nest & eggs £750

OBJECT OF DESIRE

OBJECT OF DESIRE

34 x 25 cm Replica artists shit tin, cherub stand, glass dome. £900

VICTORY

VICTORY

49 x 19 cm Barbie doll legs, mannequin hand, wood base £3000

FLAG TABLE

FLAG TABLE

34 x 79 cm Wood, aluminium, BB gun pellets, table legs £1750

HORNY

HORNY

74 x 20 cm Mannequin head, cast resin horns, stainless steel, lamp base, earrings £1050

GOLDEN BOY

GOLDEN BOY

53 x 34 cm Victorian metal Christ figure from a church in Belgium, gold leaf, combat figure weapons on wood and perspex £6000

BLONDE AMBITION

BLONDE AMBITION

137 x 35 cm Vintage Barbie dolls, small dustbin, stainless steel £1100

MY FIRST MORTAR BOMB

MY FIRST MORTAR BOMB

48 x 47 cm Children's trolley and replica bomb £1900

LOVE IS THE DRUG

LOVE IS THE DRUG

78 x 78 cm Aluminium, wood, drug capsules on perspex £5000

HIGH ROLLERS

HIGH ROLLERS

32 x 60 cm High heel shoes, wood, skateboard wheels on aluminium £2700

SIGN OF THE TIMES

SIGN OF THE TIMES

79 x 72 cm Perspex, syringes, gold plated searing nuts on wood and aluminium £15000

END OF THE ROAD

END OF THE ROAD

40 x 40 cm Modern resin Christ figure on decommissioned road sign on perspex £2500

UNDER PRESSURE

UNDER PRESSURE

47 x 30 cm Mannequin head & hand art book £1400

INNOCENT

INNOCENT

Cage, hand grenade, model deer SOLD

ALMOST HUMAN

ALMOST HUMAN

Mannequin head, arrow on perspex base £1350

GIVE PEACE A CHANCE

GIVE PEACE A CHANCE

45 x 45 cm Hand cut steel, Lennon & McCartney Give Peace a Chance vinyl record, wooden frame £2700

DILEMMA

DILEMMA

32 x 53 cm Taxidermy rook, cage, birds nest with resin eggs on wooden base £2650

TRUE LOVE

TRUE LOVE

18 x 51 cm Replica guns, aluminium, perspex £1050

DEAD PAN

DEAD PAN

59 x 28 cm Frying pan, mannequin mask, resin, easel £1500

FOOT FAULT

FOOT FAULT

28 x 30 cm Mannequins foot (modified), perspex £375

TRUE COLOURS

TRUE COLOURS

30 x 50 cm Resin, paint tins on perspex SOLD

FETISH

FETISH

21 x 21 cm Mannequins foot, oil based paint on perspex SOLD

GUNDERLABRA

GUNDERLABRA

77 x 30 cm Replica guns, hand made aluminium candelabra £2000

PUNK ROCKER

PUNK ROCKER

47 x 59 cm Cast resin skull, aluminium, perspex SOLD

OVERDOSE

OVERDOSE

45 x 45 cm Acrylic image, drug capsules on hand made wooden frame £1950

POURING MY HEART OUT

POURING MY HEART OUT

55 x 40 cm Paint tin, resin on perspex £2500

PIPE OF PEACE

PIPE OF PEACE

53 x 54 cm Found peace pipe, jewellery, hand cast fibre glass smoke £1500

CUT THE CRAP

CUT THE CRAP

65 x 33 cm Hacksaw, hand cut aluminium lettering, mounted on wood SOLD

THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

36 x 26 cm Mannequin hand, dollars, jewellery on perspex £1000

WATCHING

WATCHING

52 x 37 cm Mannequin hand, jewellery, fabricated steel stand on acrylic £1950

DRUG OF CHOICE

DRUG OF CHOICE

43 x 91 cm Perspex, aluminium, drug capsules on wood £5000

CONTEMPLATION

CONTEMPLATION

45 x 24 cm Hand cut frying pan and desk lamp £1350

UNWELCOME GUEST

UNWELCOME GUEST

32 x 75 cm Vintage Barbie doll heads, small resin skull on perspex £400

SPOT THE DIFFERENCE

SPOT THE DIFFERENCE

50 x 50 cm 25 paint tins, perspex, aluminium (paint pots movable) £2300 with stand

SOFT OPTION

SOFT OPTION

42 x 36 cm Cats mannequin hand, hammer, steel, resin on wood £1900

FREEDOM

FREEDOM

35 x 50 cm Hand cut aluminium £750

TEMPTATION

TEMPTATION

48 x 49 cm Wood workers vice, perspex, porcelain figure on aluminium £1650

LOSING MY RELIGION

LOSING MY RELIGION

75 x 39 cm Hand cut aluminium on perspex £4500

2ND AMENDMENT

2ND AMENDMENT

51 x 61 cm Hand cut wood, oil based paint on perspex £4000

SEVEN BILLION

SEVEN BILLION

32 x 30 cm Cast mannequin hand, hand cut wooden mice, aluminium tray on stone base £1800

FLOWN

FLOWN

52 x 30 cm Decorative cage, easel, hand cut aluminium image £950

PRECIOUS TIME

PRECIOUS TIME

54 x 25 cm 18 clocks, cast resin skull, stainless steel on wood surround £3500

FOUR CANDLES

FOUR CANDLES

53 x 54 cm Fork handles, aluminum, candle holders on perspex £2500

CHOOSE YOUR COLOUR

CHOOSE YOUR COLOUR

64 x 88 cm Replica Colt 45s set in acrylic £4000

END OF THE DREAM

END OF THE DREAM

56 x 67 cm Cast resin skull, American football helmet, perspex, stainless steel, on acrylic £3500

MAGRITTE LIVES

MAGRITTE LIVES

52 x 42 cm Cast resin skull, aluminum, pipe, gold plated screws on perspex £3000 with stand

SECRETS & LIES

SECRETS & LIES

38 x 30 cm Vintage Barbie dolls mounted on metal box £350

STOP

STOP

78 x 50 cm Hand cut aluminium and oil based paint £1200 with stand

CAKE STAND

CAKE STAND

63 x 36 cm Vintage Barbie dolls, hand turned wooden base, steel and acrylic £1500

TARGET

TARGET

142 X 52 cm Ornate frame, hand painted target £ 600

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