Folk Art Gallery
Est. 1984 - Barbara C. Brogdon Prop.
Cell (706) 878-8100

Gray

 

Born: Dec. 25, 1966
Paint Rock, Tn.
Resides: Paint Rock, Tn.

 

Gray grew up on a farm with his grandparents in Paint Rock, Tennessee at the foothills of the Appalachian mountains. Their home lacked modern conveniences like running water, but for Gray the freedom of living on the open land among the fields of corn and tobacco nutured his sense of curiosity, discovery and imagination. He taught himself to play the piano and guitar and to sing and to paint. As an adult, Gray found upon going to Nashville to write songs and make music with his six-piece band, also called Gray, that he could not stop making art. Gray now incorporates the lyrics of his songs into his visual art. For this self-taught artist, combining the two is natural. Gray states: "I have drawn inspiration for the art and songs through my mother, family, friends and the beauty of that place called Paint Rock."

 

Gray's work has been shown at the Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville, TN., 1998; Gray and Thornton Dail show, Nashville, TN. 1998. His work was featured in Time Magazine, September 21, 1998; the Grammy awarded - The Complete Hank Williams - CD boxset for Mercury Records - winner for best CD Boxset Design, 1999. He has had a one person show at Warner Brothers Records; one person show and live musical performance at the Center for the Arts, Mufreesboro, TN. His work is to be featured in Oxford American Magazine promoting the Gray and Howard Finster show in Oxford, Mississippi, March, 1999. His work is in the collections of the Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, TN., and the Center for Folklore, Memphis, TN. Seven pieces of Gray's art depicting the life of Hank Williams were included in A Look at Hank Williams, So Ho, N.Y., celebrating the seventy-fifth anniverssary of Hank Willaims birth.