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Leo Kesting Gallery Presents:
Ray Sell: Stand Yer Ground
May 13 – June 13, 2010
Opening Night Reception: Thursday, May 13 from 7-10pm
812 Washington Street (at Gansevoort) NY, NY 10014
8th Ave A, C, E and L train Stop or 1, 2, 3 to 14th St
Tue – Sat 11am - 7pm, Sun & Mon 1 – 6pm
Admission is free to the public
Phone: 917-650-3760 / 917-292-8865

Status-perception is everything, and from guns, to breasts, to jack-hammers, size matters here. It’s a
man’s world at Leo Kesting Gallery as Ray Sell returns with "Stand Yer Ground", his latest collection
of vintage collages, running through June 13. Drawing back the curtain on the American male
psyche, Ray explores identity through both possessions and professions.

In The Gunman (11" x 14", mixed media, 2010), Ray explores man's deep desire for authority as a
figure dreams about being the maverick gun-toting hero, on the prowl and ready to shoot. Classic
themes of exploration and loss of innocence abound as Ray’s boys make the sometimes perilous
and always exhilarating journey into manhood.

In Baggage (9" x 12", mixed media, 2010), a young boy marches toward adulthood pulling a wagon
filled with all its trappings, including booze, tools and cigarettes, all under the watchful eyes of a
rugged cowboy.

“Constant consumption and masculine wiles continue to play well in this world where consumer
confidence rides on the edge of a razor,” states gallery director John Leo, “Ray Sell offers us a
reminder of the better days in times when the economic rebound is within reach.”

Leo Kesting invites you to join us as we unveil Stand Yer Ground with an opening night reception for
the artist on Thursday, May 13 from 7:00 – 10:00pm. The work will be on display daily until June 13.
Ray received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts in New York. His
artwork has been displayed in New York, Miami, Asbury Park and Ireland. He has received critical
acclaim from New York Magazine’s July 2009 issue, the July issue of L Magazine, June 2008 issue of
ArtCards, the 2008 preview for the Miami Basel shows in Forbes Magazine and the Dec 2007 Art
Basel Review in the Economist.

Leo Kesting Gallery launched in 2003 and developed an aggressive campaign to introduce new
figurative artists to collectors and art supporters. Leo Kesting offers the art viewing public an
opportunity to see forthcoming talents in an intimate setting where undiscovered, cutting-edge artists
are presented to the contemporary art scene.

Leo Kesting Gallery is located at 812 Washington Street at the corner of Gansevoort in Manhattan’s
Meat Packing District. A, C, E or L train to 14th Street. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday from
11am until 7pm and Sunday and Monday 1-6pm.
Ray Sell - Stand Yer Ground
May 13 – June 13, 2009
The Gunman, 14" x 11", mixed media on canvas
Baggage, 9” x 12”, mixed media on canvas
Watchin' the Clock, 10" x 8" mixed media on canvas
Busted, 8" x 10", mixed media on canvas
Boys Toys, 12" x 9", mixed media on canvas