member of the indian group of seven native artist, carl ray, was a founding member of the indian group of seven. he was born on the sandy lake reserve in ontario in 1943 into a family of traditional healers. a self-taught painter and printmaker he began his artistic career by illustrating cree legends and spiritual rituals. carl ray was introduced to what would be soon be recognized as the woodland style of native artwork when he helped norval morrisseau create the mural commissioned for the indians of canada pavilion at expo '67 in montreal. carl ray, norval morrisseau, eddy cobiness and joe sanchez launched the indian professional artists association. shortly thereafter, carl ray, Gerald Dokis and Daphne Odjig worked with tom pelletier to create the short lived but impactful manitou arts foundation.carl ray received many commissions and grants from federal government departments and the canada council before his death in 1978.the size of this oil on paper 19 1/4"x25 1/4"