Unframed (ref: 7945)
Oil on canvas (painting of flowers to reverse)
Provenance: the artist's studio sale. Bellmans, 2015
London-born painter who was much influenced by John Singer Sargent. He attended Croydon School of Art, 1904-8 before winning a scholarship at the RA Schools, 1908-11, being taught there by Charles Sims and Ernest Jackson. Gray was the recipient of the coveted Landseer Scholarship in 1912 and also of the British Institution Scholarship both of which enabled him to travel and work in France. In his early days, he is known to have exhibited with the South London Art Group. He also showed at the RA, ROI and RP the latter two societies electing him as a member. His friendship with Sargent is acknowledged in his work and he often depicted family and friends at his home, relaxing in sun-drenched gardens or sitting inside. He also painted scenes of flowers and trees, reminiscent of the Post-Impressionists. Gray taught at Brighton College of Art in the immediate post-World War II years and examples of his work are in the Tate Gallery. Fame came to him posthumously when in 1986 Spink & Son, London held an exhibition of his work, much of which is today reproduced as greetings cards. His daughter is the artist Virginia Robinson.