David Gray paints elegant, refined still life paintings and beautifully realized portraits in the classical realist tradition.
In both his portraits and still life paintings, he evokes a feeling of stillness and contemplation, though in the portraits that feeling is often pierced by the quiet but intense aliveness projected by his subjects.
Similarly, Gray works with muted, limited palettes that are often punctuated by a single intense color. That kind of duality, in color, in emotional tone, in light and dark, and in the compositional contrasts of form and negative space that define his compositions, seems to pervade his work.
Many of his portraits are part of a series in which he explores a fascination with head wraps, and the contrasts of folded cloth against smooth skin. Though I was immediately drawn to a portrait of his daughter that seems very Vermeer-like, echoing the pose and colors from Girl With a Pearl Earring (images above, second down), Gray states that Vermeer was not in his mind when he composed and painted the piece; and that he takes his inspiration for figure and portrait painting most prominently from Jean-Auguste Dominique Ingres.
Gray was a finalist in the Figurative Category in the ARC 2009-2010 Salon (larger image here), and was an invited artist in the 2010 American Art Invitational.
David Gray is the subject of a featured article in the March 2011 issue of Southwest Art magazine. The online version of the article, which also includes a gallery of Gray’s work, can be read here.
8 Replies to “David Gray”
When I saw the thumbnails on my blog roll, the first name that came to mind was Vermeer. The guy is good with light and uses it as a key ingredient in his art. Wonderful. Thanks again for your giving us all a peek at someone who we’d possibly miss.
Wow, thanks for posting this.. I absolutely love it. So much in fact that I signed up for his workshop in Nov on Whidbey Island.
Thanks, Tom. That’s great to know.
Other readers can see my post on Tom Wheeler here.
It’s phenomenal work.
Simply Beautiful Work!
Hello David! I see your paintings and you are great artist! I like it your art techniques and I am very happy because I see a lot of your paintings on internet. I am very sure that they are amazing live and all your paintings is a jewellery. Congracillation for your art and all what to do! :)
The contemporary most poetic powerful painter of life
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