An Analogue Man in a Digital World (and other stories): Anthony John Gray To Hold First Show in Fifteen Years at Mother‏, London

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An Analogue Man in a Digital World (and other stories)

A selection of paintings by Anthony John Gray

Downstairs at Mother 4th – 15th November 2013

Tony Gray has been painting in Britain for over 30 years.  His work is collected all over the world and he commands a small legion of fans who gravitate to his surrealist treatments of sex, graphics, consumerism and spirituality.

He has had sell out exhibits at the New York Art Expo and his large format paintings adorn the walls of corporations across the US. In 1987 Gray – and Englishman – was made an honorary citizen of Palm Springs for artistic achievement and designed one of five commemorative coins for the Palm Springs Golden Anniversary.

Yet Gray’s career has been anything but a smooth ride. Spikes of notoriety have been interspersed with lows as an artistic recluse. The man who once carried a bag filled with $27,000 through Manhatten on the Subway was, in later years, to have his work confiscated by the bank as collateral against unpaid debts by one of his agents.

The former policeman and salesman remains philosophical:  ‘In the beginning I wanted my work to have its own language. Once somebody asked me what type of work I did, so I just called it the ‘Art of Spiritual Logic’.  It’s an art movement with just me in it!’

Gray’s paintings are based on a methodology of collage and montage, bombarding the viewer with strange juxtapositions of Coke cans, models and pixelated abstractions. His work is decidedly retro, but features modern themes. He’s a futurist from the past, and as such his work feels remarkably modern.

Gray’s style is perhaps best explained in his own words: ‘If I had a Square, I would make a Triangle out of a Circle, and put the whole thing in a Cube’.

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An Analogue Man in a Digital World (and other stories)

A selection of paintings by Anthony John Gray

Downstairs at Mother 4th – 15th November 2013

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