George Gray

George Gray New Zealand Landscape paintings for sale at parnell gallery

Born 1954

Contemporary artist George Gray (Ngāti Hei, Ngāti Whanaunga, Ngāti Pāoa, Ngāti Maru, Ngāti Huarere, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Hikairo ki Kawhia) creates large-scale oil paintings on fine Belgian linen. His chosen oceanic subject includes above sea level vistas and vast and vibrant underwater scenes.

In his works set above the water, Gray connects with notions of imagined experience, engaging with an introspective longing to know how early navigators such as Kupe, Toi, Tamatekapua, Ngātoroirangi, and Hei, might have felt upon seeing the landforms they encountered for the first time.

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.

George Gray New Zealand Landscape paintings for sale at parnell gallery