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international painting annual 2 exhibition-in-print
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Brad Gray
Wilderness, West Cape

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My work often involves playing with themes evolving around the parallels which exist, the contradictions within us, the dark and light of existence, peace and violence, chaos and calm. I enjoy playing with words and sometimes weave humor through the narrative to convey the absurdity of a situation. The paintings range from small atmospheric oils on board to large, more involved and complex compositions. The smaller works focus primarily on texture, creating mood and movement through the use of strong tonal ranges and loose brushstrokes.I layer the piece with a mixture of impasto and glazing and often sand back, scrape and rework the piece until a rich 'history' builds. The larger works are often theatrical in nature, depicting an array of  quirky characters thrown together in a world not entirely of our own but with references to it. The works are rich in symbolism reflecting aspects of my own life and issues of a wider nature.


born: 1971, Munster, Germany


Brunell technical college.B tech technical illustration.1991
Falmouth school of art and design.HND illustration.1993


selected awards/honors

Charlatan ink Prize.Semi finalist.NY,USA. 2011
Creative quarterly 22 and 23 fine art winner.NY,USA.2010
Sanlam,Vuleka national art competition.Finalist.Best painting in oil,acrylic or watercolour.South Africa.2006
SASOL New signatures national art competition,finalist.South Africa.2005

selected publications

'South'.Featured artist.September,2011.

selected group shows

Ruste en Vrede wine estate.'Self'.Cape Town.2011
Everard Read Gallery.'Threshold'.4 man show.Cape Town.2010
Miele gallery.'Viewpoints of the everyday' Johannesburg.2010
Everard Read Gallery.'Money,sex,power' CapeTown 2010

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