Award-winning artist Douglas Gray was born in Harrogate in1965 and began his professional artistic career in the study of illustration and enjoyed significant success over a 20-year period with clients including Saatchi and Saatchi, Warner Brothers and Universal Studios. He now concentrates on fine art, specialising in contemporary figurative and cityscape oil paintings.
Douglas finds a wealth of creative inspiration from people themselves, immersing himself in the textures and tones of life and using the power of his art to ignite the viewer's imagination and evoke emotions.He is represented internationally with galleries in London, Paris, Belgium and Amsterdam. His commissions include the prestigious Savoy Hotel in London where his painting 'Cloudbreak, River Thames' is permanently displayed in the hotel's River Room.Douglas's various awards include the Winsor and Newton 'Best Oil Painting' award, the Russell and Chapple awards 2012 and 2013, and 'The Artist' magazine award. In 2013 he was elected full member of the Royal Society Of Marine Artists (RSMA). His work is featured in celebrity and private collections worldwide.
'Claude Monet famously painted several views of the River Thames from his room on the upper floors of The Savoy during his many visits. As part of the recent refurbishment of the River Room, one of The Savoy's elegant events rooms, we wanted to commission a contemporary, atmospheric view of the Thames using an artist with great traditional skill. Douglas Gray was the perfect choice and we are delighted with the result'.
Kiaran MacDonald, Managing Director of The Savoy.