Ed Gray has over many years documented life in London and the experience of Londoners through his dynamic and insightful paintings.
Viewing Gray's paintings one is infused with recognition and familiarity. These are the daily lives of Londoners, yet instantly recognisable to anyone anywhere. The face of a stranger in the crowd as time stands still for a second, a private moment between lovers, the drama of an argument and the simple insignificant actions of daily life- loneliness and the struggle of the city are tempered by humour and human warmth.
An early love of TV matinees, Moviedrome and the Scala Cinema led Ed Gray to a life-long fascination with the medium of film. Ealing comedies and the films of Hitchcock, Woody Allen, Scorsese, Wim Wenders and Jim Jarmusch helped to inform both the technical and emotional aspects of Gray's vision of city life.
Each one of Gray's paintings is composed from character sketches made on location in the city streets. Each character is carefully worked on over time back in the studio until the resulting panorama allows the viewer to enter the narrative to feel the complex layers of London life.
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