William York Wray (b. March 24, 1956, Fort Meade, Maryland) is an acclaimed American cartoonist and landscape painter, notable for his Urban Landscape series of paintings, figurative and still life paintings in a combination of realism and abstract expressionism. Wray blends traditional skill sets of realism and the sheer energy of abstract expressionism in an ongoing evolution to find the balance between two seemingly unrelated styles. Wray has published Articles in Issue of Southwest Art, American Art Collector and The Artist Magazine. Amongst his exhibitions, he's been awarded LAPAPA Best of Plein Air 2008, First place at the Art Interview Magazine - Second Quarter 2005 and he was the Finalist at the Art Kudos International Art competition. William has received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program and contributed many pages for Mad and to The Ren & Stimpy Show.Wray has challenged himself to create a brand of realistic expressionism he hopes to use a bridge into the customarily circumspect contemporary art world. William Wray's paintings are collected in his book Dirty Beauty (Brandstudio Press, 2007).