Born in Framingham Massachusetts in 1956, Barry Gray trained at the Cleveland Institute of Art recieving his BFA in 1979.
Moving to NYC in 1982 Barry’s art career was effectively launched when chosen to exhibit at “The Drawing Center”, NYC in 1985.
From there he joined the Paulo Salvador Gallery with a solo show in 1986.
In 1987 with a solo show at “Hall Walls”, Buffalo NY curated by Bill Arning and Catherine Howe, via White Columns NYC.
Barry continued exhibiting regularly until the early-mid 1990’s, There after showing sporadically while making a living
as a textile/fashion designer.
Since 2010 Barry has been able to dedicate himself full time to his art, maintaining a studio in Eastchester NY.
In 2014 Barry again exhibited at “The Drawing Center”, “The Intuitionists”, curated by Lisa Sigal.
Emphasizing Process and automatic techniques as a means to initiate ideas and generate subject matter
have become central to my practice as and artist.
My work method begins by initially cultivating images from random marks. Having achieved and abstract tableau,
I work at moving it toward a subject, attempting to resolve the irrational by organizing and structuring.
Rather than playing up the flatness of the picture plane and exclaiming on the falsehood of illusion and illusory depth,
I work at dissolving the picture plane, allowing the work to exist in real time, real space.
Ultimately I strive to achieve a complete amalgamation of all the content into one unified structure.
Content is defined as “the world” in it’s complete sense.
Adhering to this concept has helped anchor my work as it has progressed.
8 December 2014