Painter Douglas Gray was born in 1965 in Harrogate. Initially working as an illustrator, Gray experienced great success with notable clients including Saatchi & Saatchi, Waner Brothers, and Universal Studios. Since shifting his focus to oil painting, Douglas won a number of awards for his talent and vision, attracting the attention of commissioners like the Savoy Hotel in London where his works are permanently displayed. Thompson's Gallery enjoys a longstanding relationship with Douglas, exhibiting his works consistently in solo and group exhibitions.
Douglas Gray's painting style reflects his background in illustration, exhibiting the artist's solid foundations in drawing and developed narrative. The artist enjoys layering his pictures with visual complexity, like his signature window panes reflecting a strong amount of detail from the outside world over top of a figure sat within an equally detailed interior scene. Gray has become known for this incredible ability to synthesize vision, thought and emotion simultaneously into a single painted image, all the while keeping viewers guessing at the full story behind each scenario. Collectors of Douglas's unique paintings include The Right Honourable William Hague, Lord Derwent, the Howard de Walden family, George Davis, and the Fairmont Group (Savoy Hotel).
Awards & Distinctions
Douglas Gray was elected to the Royal Society of Marine Artists (RSMA) in 2013, and has won the coveted Winsor & Newton 'Best Oil Painting' award (2011) and Russell & Chapple Award in both 2012 and 2013. The artist regularly exhibits with the Royal Society of Marine Artists along with an array of galleries across the UK and wider Europe.