Through the translation of oral tradition and historical instance into contemporary visual language and storytelling, Gray poses that these first experiences parallel the present human condition as people question and adapt to the changing framework of mankind. Oceans are idealised, placid waters gently stir and hold the tension between historical fact and imagined experience. The horizon line is an agent, activating metaphor and the possibility of a utopian ideal. Modern allegorical connotations are revealed as questions of self, future community, and ‘what lies beyond’ run discretely through the waters.
Gray has been painting since 1981 and his paintings are held in private collections in USA, Japan, Europe, and New Zealand.
Parnell Gallery has represented George Gray since 2018.