“Artist Brad Gray lives life to the fullest. In his forty-seven years, he has lived and worked in over ten countries, plugging himself into the culture and communities of each, searching out opportunities for himself and his family, spiritedly absorbing as much of the rich gamut of worldly happenings as possible. It is this incredible wealth of experience that fuels Gray’s art. He relishes recalling memories, diving into their evocative scenarios and the myriad of feelings they stir. While frequently allowing his creative mind free rein to roam, Gray taps into the inherent symbolism of the unconscious and renders it with painterly brushstrokes and expressive textures, all loaded with intensity of emotion and the nuances of passing time. Having looked death straight in the face on more than one occasion, Gray’s imagery, like all great art, isn’t simply full of the joys, but instead has us contemplating life’s opposites and the irony that so often lies between.
Brad Gray was born in Germany to English parents in 1971. Widely travelled, Brad has also lived in Ireland, England, Saudi Arabia, Borneo, Colorado, Sardinia, Vietnam, South Africa, and China. After two years serving in the Marines, Brad enrolled in Illustration at Bristol Technical College before studying at the Falmouth School of Art in Cornwall until 1994. The artist had a successful career as an illustrator in London until his move to Saudi Arabia in 1999, where he worked for six years as an art teacher alongside his wife. Later settling in South Africa, Brad established himself as a full-time artist, earning a reputation for his theatrical and richly symbolic scenes. After undertaking the Swatch residency in Shanghai, China, Brad has since returned to Ireland with his wife and three children. He has recently completed an artist’s residency at Cill Rialiag (West of Ireland) after a three-month residency in Bavaria, Germany.”