M.F.A., University of North Texas – Ceramics, Art History minor – 1994
B.A., University of Louisville – Art & English – 1991
Beginning Drawing and Figure Drawing, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, 1970-71 (Graduate assistant).
Painting, Drawing and Design, Francis Marion University, Florence, South Carolina, 1973 to present.
Gray was born in Knoxville, Tennessee and raised in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He earned his BA degree in ceramics and creative writing from the University of Louisville and his MFA degree in ceramics and art history from the University of North Texas School of Visual Arts. After graduation he taught at the University of North Texas, the University of Texas at Arlington, and Sul Ross State University. Having worked with clay for over thirteen years, his art work has been exhibited in juried and invitational exhibitions across the nation.
In writing about his work Gray states that “much of my inspiration comes from observing and reflecting upon our everyday surroundings. The color of moss, the texture of bark, the sound of water, these are among the most common sights, sounds, and experiences yet they still have the power to stop me in my tracks. Often, I feel compelled to preserve some of the natural mystery that can be found in a piece of clay-to trade places and allow the clay to become the maker, and I the responsive agent. Sometimes, the clay responds to this approach and together we manage to preserve a bit of that natural essence with which I was first transfixed.”
“My work is primarily concerned with space and the constructed barriers which not only divide the spaces of our existence but divide us as well. So often we are like vessels, sometimes concealing and other times revealing the central landscape of our being. It is the process of concealing and revealing space that intrigues me. I am fascinated by the facility in which, in an instant or over a long lifetime of experiences, we construct these impenetrable and sheltering barriers. In this sense, my work might be seen as metaphorical portraits of myself and those important to me. Whether a vessel or a wall piece, my work explores these perceptions of “inscape” and “centeredness.” It explores the division of space and the walls implemented in its division. It explores the universality and individuality of the self.”