The son of an Aalto/Le Corbusier loving modernist architect whose purist design ethos collided with a personal passion for acquiring intriguing and beautiful objects, Adam Gray’s work has inherited and reflects this almost schizophrenic shift between minimalism and intricacy, simplicity and complexity.
Shortly after leaving London’s St Martin’s School of Art, Adam won the prestigious under-25 prize and was shortlisted for the main £25,000 prize in the Athena Art Awards prize in 1987. He has been represented by Anderson O’Day Gallery and has also put on numerous shows of his own, taking over vast buildings in Docklands and a disused warehouse in Holborn to present huge retrospectives. He has exhibited widely in shows with other artists both in the UK and abroad - including those at Houston MOMA, the Hayward, Jerwood and Whitechapel Art Gallery’s, Riverside Studios, The Barbican, APT Gallery Deptford, Flowers East as well as the Curwen Gallery, Manchester’s Whitworth Gallery, Mold Museum in Wales and the South Bank London.
Amongst others he has collaborated with musician David Gilmour, Paupers Press in Hoxton, Channel 4 (opera-set design) and Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper - whose first film at 17 centred around Gray’s paintings and was filmed in Adam’s London studio and subsequently screened worldwide.