Ray Masters Art – A Roaring Success!

Vancouvers annual Champ Car Grand Prix week started with a bang as Kyle Washington, international shipping magnate and the citys most eligible bachelor, threw the opening party of this Monacoesque race extravaganza. The ritzy bash was held at Sugar & Sugar gallery, in the Bohemian Gastown area of Vancouver.

Sports personalities including former Olympian sprinter and International Olympic Committee Member Charmaine Crooks, NFL stars Cade McNown and Robert Smith, Formula One racer, Stefan Johansson, many IndyCar drivers, local business tycoons and Vancouvers very beautiful people turned out in force to see Maui based bad boy artist Ray Masters show 18 of his latest large scale paintings for the first time in Canada. The packed party raged from 6:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. and was declared a smash hit by both Washington and Masters.

In addition to showing his latest Sports, dance and Maui inspired art, a new work commissioned by friend, Kyle Washington was premiered. 200 Smiles Per Hour, is Masters surrealistic tribute to fallen racing driver and Canadian hero Greg Moore; who passed following a fatal crash in Fontana California in 1999. The emotive painting was auctioned the following day at the Black Tie Molson Indy Gala held at David Aisenstats downtown Gotham Steakhouse. The attending star-studded crowd bid the piece up to $30,000.00 for the benefit of the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame.

A resounding favorite at Sugar & Sugar was undoubtedly the unveiling of Ray Masters flamboyant hand painted BMW 1200C motor-bike, a work commissioned by Whistler based Snowboard Hall of Famer, Ken Achenbach. The outrageous machine features many classic biking icons, including a skull, dice, naked women, ace of spades and of course, plenty of flames, all in Masters tongue in cheek style.

While the party was not primarily a selling show, many of the canvases have found new homes in Canada. “Amazing time! My art looked so good in Sugar & Sugar and the crowd genuinely seemed to appreciate and enjoy it. The sales sure backed that up! Topped off with a rocking party and a record auction price the next day bloody perfect! Ill be back next year.” Said the jubilant Masters from his home in Maui.