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This client’s taste was predominantly for painterly painters - the brief - nothing too conceptual, or of shock value; enough art to help transform a new office relocation into large premises in the heart of London’s financial city. With its spectacular views of every major architectural landmark in London’s history, the art had to have its own an impressive scale. Skylines in the city capital can be grey, so works with uplifting color were important as were pieces with an energetic verve. Work with luscious, palpable color exemplify this in Craigie Aitchison’s ‘Holy Island’ landscape and the visceral brushstrokes of Tai Schan Schierenberg’s painting of the ‘Storyteller’. In focusing on the visual and sensory ‘mood’ created for this environment, some pieces depicted the digital buzz of todays’ technological world. A number of artists working with light-box pieces were highlighted in the meeting rooms to create ambient mood, such as Catherine Yass’s Dream series and Emily Allchurch’s lightboxes with their tongue in cheek references to London’s architecture- past and present. A twinkling light installation by Installation artist, Martin Richman can be found in the main lobby, whose ephemeral pieces shimmer and dance as one approaches the piece, and simmers down as one moves away.

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Alex Ray, Director of Alexandra Ray Art Advisory, formerly known as Five Senses Art Consultancy, gained a BA Honors Degree in Fine Art at Central St. Martin’s in London, England, and an MA in contemporary art at Sotheby’s Institute in London.

Born in Los Angeles, her family moved to London where she grew up and received her formal education. After college, she went on to have a successful career as an editorial photographer for magazines worldwide. In 2002 she launched Five Senses Interiors, an interior design company, with an art advisory add- on service, whose guiding philosophy was to stimulate the senses through color, visual art, texture, sound and customized scents.

Due to her earlier training in Fine Arts she began to focus on projects that would integrate contemporary art into both corporate and residential spaces. Alex Ray also began dealing privately in art in London at the pinnacle of the exploding British Art scene in the late 90’s and dealing has been a passion ever since.

She has been responsible for contemporary art acquisitions for numerous corporate art collections and individual purchases of blue chip and emerging works, both in Europe and the USA.

Having relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006, she set up Five Senses Art Consultancy on the West Coast, focusing primarily on European Contemporary art and emerging American art. 2016 saw the change of her consultancy name to Alexandra Ray Art Advisory.

She currently serves as a member of San Francisco MOMA’S SECA (Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art) BAMFA, Artadia, and is a board member for StART Up Art fairs in L.A and San Francisco.

She currently hosts and curates pop up exhibitions, showcasing new talent every few months in the Bay Area.