Ed Gray - Painter of city life

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‘The urban chronicler of our time’   ​Southwark News


‘Gray’s paintings explore the myriad facets of the bustling metropolis’   The Daily Telegraph

‘Gray’s large-scale paintings are the result of a detailed analysis of the smallest details of city life’

  Artists and Illustrators Magazine


‘Redolent of Georg Grosz’    Phil Chevron of The Pogues

‘Gray’s pictures remind me how exciting London is as a subject’  Jock McFadyen

‘Superb pictures. So full of people in action that give pleasure to people like me’   Beryl Cook

See all the Exhibitions 2000 - 2012


News 2014

Welcome to the new Exhibition 2014

Adoration: Londonessence - Ed Gray @ Oxo Gallery

Wed 24 - Sun 28 Sept 2014, 11am - 6pm

Private View Friday 26th September 6.30 - 9 pm

Ed will be exhibiting new London paintings as part of www.totallythames.org for the Thames Festival Trust. Float Art London, is showcasing Ed Gray’s collection of Adoration-inspired paintings and prints – gritty, contemporary snatches of London life pulsing with allegory and mythicism. London figurative painter Ed Gray's work is an evolving exploration of the relationship between Londoners and their city.…



London essence: Adoration is a new exhibition of works by London artist Ed Gray inspired by 16th century Renaissance paintings from the National Gallery. This exhibition explores Gray's adoration of the city of London and his search for its essence through the spirit Londoners.

These gritty everyday London figurative scenes of adoring football fans on matchdays and commuters in tube stations draw the viewer in to look for the extraordinary within the ordinary. Each painting is filled with real people sketched from the streets of the city and suffused with cultural references, myths and heartfelt human emotion. Ed Gray will be giving free tours of this show at 11.30am and 3pm on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th September 


Read about:

Ed Gray discusses the development of the new painting of Arsenal fans at the Emirates Stadium

Win a framed print of your choice worth £495 from the Ed Gray Art Print Collection in aid of Evelina Childrens' Hospital

Buy a £1 raffle ticket from GX Gallery or the Oxo Gallery when you visit Ed's shows and the winning ticket lets you choose from over 100 London scenes as well as scenes from other great world cities such as Mexico City, New York, Cape Town. Each £1 raised goes to support the dedicated work of Evelina Children's Hospital.  Raffle tickets are also available from Southwark News offices in Unit A302 Tower Bridge Business Complex, Clement's Road, Bermondsey, London, SE16 4DG.

And then, welcome to the next event

'Rock of Eye' Book Launch

Thurs 9 October 2014, 7pm- 9.30pm 

@ GX Gallery SE58RS www.gxgallery.com

GX gallery is proud to launch Ed Gray's new book about his work from 2008-2012 which covers his relocations to Mexico, New York, Tokyo and Bangkok as well as his London work. 


The accompanying exhibition will be a second chance to see Gray's  Londonessence: Adoration exhibition and will run for two weeks. The lower gallery will display other work and prints featured in the book Rock of Eye as well as a recreation of his studio. 

Broadcaster and writer Robert Elms has very kindly written the foreword to the book and here’s a taste from his piece entitled ‘Songs of the Cities’:  

‘The real magic of his work though is that he doesn’t seek to tame the city. Ed’s art doesn’t freeze the teeming streets, but unleash all their kinetic wonder. These are not still lives, but motion pictures. And if Ed paints movies, to me they are musicals; buzzing with jazz and the glorious accidental choreography of crowds’.

​Ed Gray was recently honoured by BBC London 94.9FM Robert Elms Show when he became a Listed Londoner. Listen again here for the next 7 days:



Meet the artist:


Ed Gray will be giving free tours of the Rock of Eye show to the public on Saturdays 11th, 18th and 25th October at 11am. Booking essential info@gxgallery.com 02077038396


Donations to Evelina Children's Hospital Appeal gratefully received. 


Free tours for school, college and community groups are available by arrangement throughout the run of the show.  

       New Serpentine Galleries publication with contribution by Ed 

Ed has written about his Edgware Road painting 'The Old English Gentleman'  for the new Serpentine Galleries publication  'Pleasure: A Block Study', By Camp Published by Brownbook and Serpentine Galleries (2014) ISBN 978-1-908617-16-3  

New Threadneedlman Tailors and Ed Gray Art Collection


London's finest mod tailor 'The Threadneedlman' George Dyer and Nicholson Walcott, makers of fine quality scarves and bags, have collaborated with Ed Gray to create a range of linings for suits, jackets, waistcoats, scarves and pocket squares featuring Ed Gray's 'Rock of Eye' painting of Mr Dyer at work in his studio. Clients of Threadneedlman Tailors can now order garments which tell the story of the man who made them.












by Michael Holland featuring by kind permission Ray Gelato's song

"Bar Italia" ( Where you wanna be)'








I AM BACCHANAL ~ episode 12


by Conor MacCarthy.

Ed talks about his recent painting of the Notting Hill Carnival









The 2010 documentary about Ed Gray's work 'One Year'

directed by Michael Holland has been acquired

by the Tate Britain archive.


The film of Ed Gray's work, exhibitions, travels and experiences is also available

at GX Gallery.






The Ed Gray Art TV channel is on Youtube


EdGrayArt TV


You can also see slides from Ed Gray Art's photostream








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This website is dedicated to the memory of my mother Maggie Gray 1932-2010 whose love and support inspired me to follow my path and make these paintings