My Full Circle Moment with Rex Ray

November 8, 2011 at 2:50 pm Leave a comment


I discovered Fine Artist Rex Ray’s work about 4 years ago.  Two girlfriends and I found ourselves in San Francisco for the evening and decided to try The Slanted Door restaurant for the first time. It was a busy Saturday night and without reservations we were seated at the large communal table in the back of the restaurant.  What luck that was. I was seated directly across from one of the most exuberant pieces of art I’d ever seen.

Rex Ray's art at The Slanted Door courtesy of

 The piece was a Rex Ray.  I then noticed other works by this artist were placed throughout the main dining room. I was instantly a fan and have followed his work ever since. 

 Flash forward a few years and, while working away here at modwalls  I received a call one day from Rex Ray’s licensing agent wanting to discuss putting his designs on our tile.  I could hardly believe it. We had been promoting good design through creative partnerships like our Tattoo tiles featuring the work of local Santa Cruz artists and our Henry Road for modwalls with the fresh textile designs of Paula Smail on our Lush® glass tile. Those collections gave Rex Ray’s people the idea that we would be the right company to work with him to bring his Rex Ray Studio designs to tile for residential and hospitality projects.

 From my giddy first meeting with Rex and his team to our launch of the Rex Ray Studio for modwalls collaboration I have been pinching myself  with delight.  We showed the first round of designs called Type Tiles at Dwell on Design in Los Angeles this past June. It was a favorite of the attendees who visited our booth and was even noted at a pick of the show on the LA Times Home Blog,

Rex Ray Studio for modwalls glass subway tile


These Gorgeous collages of Fonts and Magazine Print are available in Black or White on 4×12 glass Lush® brand subway tiles. Each design has a 2 square foot repeat to create a wallpaper effect when laid together. You can also mix and match the designs by mounting them brick style. 


For Those Who Love Type We Salute You!

 Rex Ray Studio for modwalls® Type Tiles are hand made to order in the USA in just about 3 weeks.

 The next chapter in my fan affair with Rex is playing out now. A few weeks ago he and his business manager Tim came to our offices to work on the next designs for the collection.  They will be stunning I tell you!   As we all stood around the table working out the new tile designs I was happily remembering that evening at the Slanted Door when it all started for me, and I had to pinch myself again.

Me n Rex

Besides the gift of their time, Rex and Tim also gave me my very own signed Rex Ray original:

Swoon worthy!


It’s hung across from my desk on my bright green office wall,  the same vantage point I had when I saw my very first Rex Ray four years ago. I get to stare at it every day now and it makes me happy on many levels.

Yep….Full Circle!


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Rebecca Lonergan

Founder and Creative Director of Modwalls Tile Company. Since 2005 Rebecca has been designing Fresh Tile in Colors You Crave. Shop Online at

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