‘4 Days of Care’ by Brad Gray

Artist: Brad Gray
Title: ‘4 Days of Care’
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Dimensions: 19.7” x 19.7”
Framing: Unframed
Year of Creation: 2018

NOTE: This piece was available to purchase as part of our ‘WOW² (Volume II)’ show, which ran between 1st – 22nd June, 2018. If you would like to inquire about its current availability, please email sales@wowxwow.com and we will be delighted to assist.

Description

‘4 Days of Care’ by Brad Gray

Artist: Brad Gray
Title: ‘4 Days of Care’
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Dimensions: 19.7” x 19.7”
Framing: Unframed
Year of Creation: 2018

About the Artwork:

“This piece is about a time when I did a survival exercise with the military, where we had to survive on Dartmoor for a week with no food and dressed only in boots and a boiler suit. On the 2nd day I was given a large white rabbit which I had to look after at all costs. I walked miles and miles with it, map reading over the moorland, often through the night. On the penultimate day we had to butcher it and eat it. I was the monster.” – Brad Gray

About the Artist:

(Artist Bio)

Born in Germany to English parents in 1971, Brad Gray has travelled widely, living and working 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.

(Artist Statement)

“My works range from small, atmospheric oils to large, more complex compositions. The smaller pieces focus primarily on texture, creating mood and movement through the use of strong tonal ranges and loose brushstrokes. The larger works are often theatrical in nature depicting an array of peculiar characters thrown together in a world not entirely of our own. Influences of Bosch, Bruegel and Neo Rauch are evident in their compositional arrangements. I employ fantasy and satire to unravel the complexities of the human story. The works are rich in symbolism, reflecting life experience and issues of a wider nature. The paintings are often deeply personal that mirror contradictions within all of us-light and dark, peace and violence, life and death. Such dualities fill our lives. Despite having a conflicted outlook I weave humour through the narratives of my work, conveying the absurdity and pathos of a situation.” – Brad Gray