Christopher A E Gray
Fine artist, Printmaker, teacher
Having completed a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at Falmouth Arts University Chris devoted the next 10 years to honing his traditional drawing and painting skills, focusing on portraiture, figure,landscape and classical still life across the traditional mediums of charcoal, oil, pastel and intaglio printmaking. He received the prestigious De Lazlo Foundation Scholarship which enabled him to study at London Fine Art Studios (one of only two studios in London teaching the traditional craft of drawing and painting within the atelier setting) where he then after only 3 years became a senior Teacher and has continued to teach. He also teaches at the 100 year old institution City Lit both online and at their Central London school, aswell as being an associate lecturer at the University of Creative Arts.
During his career so far Chris has: won multiple awards including the “One to watch” Young artist of the year at the Federation of British Artists Futures show for outstanding British graduates, The John Purcell paper award and the Young artist of the year (runner up) at the Pastel society.
Exhibited in various gallery and exhibition spaces in London and across the UK; assisted artists Arabella Dorman and worked with the Julian Barrows Estate, worked as an Art Consultant on film projects with Pinewood Studios; competed in the television programme ‘Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year’, being published in the Sky arts little book of portraits; and lead collaboration projects between the London Fine Art Studios and Kings College London, The National Portrait Gallery, Dulwich Picture Gallery (running workshops and tours for the recent ‘Rembrandt’s Light Exhibition’), and The American School in London.
Chris also takes regular client commissions, working closely with the client to realise their vision. Chris has taught a very wide demographic of students spanning primary-age children to retirees of all abilities, both to classes of up to 20 students in a studio environment, and through online courses in groups as well as one on one. Using this extensive experience he has developed accessible and comprehensive drawing courses to suit all ages, skill sets and individual goals.
Awards, publications and selected exhibitions:
Masterpiece 100 Lynn- Painter Stainer 2021
Figurative Art Now 2021
Royal British Society of Artists 2021
ArtEast September 2019
Lynn- Painter Stainer Award 2019
Palm Tree Gallery ‘Rise of the mighty’ 2018
Foss Fine Art ‘The Studio Artists’ 2017
Gallery No.15, various Affordable Art Fairs, battersea and hampstead (2015-2017)
‘One to watch’ award Federation of British Artists, Futures award 2016
De Lazlo Foundation scholarship 2014
Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2014
Portrait Artist Of The Year: A little Book of Portraits 2014
Pastel Society 2013, Young Artist runner up award, John Purcell paper award 2013