Ed Gray Art



Ed  Gray - Painter of city life


Ed Gray in his east London studio with his Notting Hill Carnival painting 'I am Bachanal'

​‘I go out drawing in the streets to find characters to paint. These are real people, real moments in time, depicting the ebb and flow of city life. I aim to celebrate and commemorate these people; to leave a trace of these lives lived with my pen, my charcoal and my paintbrush’. Ed Gray


​Increasingly recognised as one of the great contemporary painters of London and Londoners, Gray’s work explores the modern city in all its guises. Walking city streets with sketchbook and pencil in hand Gray takes his inspiration from the real life he encounters. Back in the studio each piece realised celebrates the day to day struggles, ambitions and aspirations that the urban environment provokes in the lives of Londoners, from the everyman and woman to familiar faces on the London scene.


About Ed Gray

London artist Ed Gray studied fine art at Wimbledon and Cardiff University of Wales. He graduated with a BA Hons. degree in Fine Art in 1995 and undertook a series of jobs to fund his desire to continue painting. In 1998 he trained to be a school teacher and taught art and design at a Peckham secondary school for four years. Increasingly Gray’s work became commercially successful at home and abroad.


 In 2001 Ed Gray was awarded a sabbatical from his career as an art teacher in order to complete a Fellowship residency for the Masterworks Foundation of Bermuda, a museum whose collection also houses work by Winslow Homer and Georgia O’Keefe. Two successful Bermudian exhibitions led Gray to embark on a painting trip through Central America. Following his experiences Gray left his formal teaching career to work as a professional artist.

Primarily a painter of London, his birthplace, Gray is inspired by artists such as Hogarth and Breughel and the Tintin cartoons of Herge that he loved as a boy. He has subsequently relocated to New York, Mexico and Tokyo to depict life in these cities. In 2009 Gray was chosen to represent England for the official International Fine Art collection for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa where his depiction of a Cape Town township football match featured in a global touring exhibition.

Gray curated and exhibited at the London Mayor’s ‘London and Londoners’ exhibition in City Hall in 2010 and has been artist-in-residence at Searcys Club at the Gherkin 30 St Mary Axe building in 2012. A large retrospective of his work took place at the OXO Gallery Blackfriars London in 2014. ‘Londonessence: Adoration’ contained new works inspired by Adoration paintings from the Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery.


In recent years, public workshops, dialogues and discussions about his paintings and his muse, the city of London, have accompanied lectures for the University of Connecticut London ‘Widening participation Programme’ and Sir John Soane’s Museum London. Gray has previously delivered workshops for many schools colleges and  public institutions such as Tate, and Dulwich Picture Gallery. ‘One Year’ a documentary film about Ed Gray’s paintings was acquired by the Tate Britain Archive in 2012.


Ed Gray is currently represented by GX Gallery. www.gxgallery.com