Art News: Ra Chen-Drake

Art News: Ra Chen-Drake

Ra Chen-Drake, a self-taught artist, was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He currently lives in and maintains a studio work space in Hollywood Hills above Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles.

Ra’s unique technique of mixed media combines Vintage Chinese Newspaper with Acrylic and Spray Paint on Canvas.

In his new EARTH Series, he has created a collection that represents the earth’s beauty. Ra creates impressionistic landscapes and seascapes by sculpting Vintage Chinese Newspaper onto canvas. He layers acrylic paint with various types of sponges and creates shading and shadows with Spray Paint. Ra finishes his details and highlights with a traditional brush.

Ra’s previous body of work has included Modern Abstract Figures, Abstract Flowers and Abstract Designs.

Ra’s celebrity collectors include Dr. Dre, Johnny Depp, Brian Wilson, Randy Jackson (the Jackson 5), Fred Durst, Cedric the Entertainer, Michael Boatman and El DeBarge.

In addition to being featured in many group shows, Ra has held private exhibitions of his works in the homes of Cedric the Entertainer, Vivica A. Fox and Michael Boatman.

Ra’s works have been sold at Lindeberg Gallery (Soho), O.K. Harris (Soho), Agora Gallery (Soho), Lawrence Gallery (LA), Hamilton Selway (LA), and the Beverly Hills Art Show in Los Angeles. At this years Beverly Hills Art Show in October 2017, Ra Won an “Honorable Mention” For the Mixed Media 2 Dimensional Art. This was his first showing in 10 years.

In 2005 Ra launched his first clothing line called Custom Made Vintage Couture which was sold in top boutiques nationwide including Fred Segal. His brand was worn by many top celebrities including Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Britany Spears, Jessica Simpson, Usher, Tommy Lee, Snoop Dogg, Akon and others.

Ra’s has also worked with some other top stylists and has created custom designed shirts for Mariah Carey, Snoop Dogg and Akon and others.

His latest brand Custom Ketchup is a collaboration between Ra and his two sons and was launched in late 2014. Featuring art created by the children, the brand has been carried by top boutiques nationwide including Fred Segal and Kitross. Custom Ketchup has been worn by
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