Ed Gray Art

 

 

2018

THE PASSING SHOW: LONDON MONOCHROMES

St Martin-in-the-fields Crypt and GX Gallery Camberwell

March 6 -June 15 2018

 

'The Passing Show', the title for this exhibition, comes from a song about mortality written by the late great singer songwriter and painter Ian Dury. It is this 'passing show' of life that I try to capture in pencil, ink, chalk, charcoal and paint. The beauty of Ian's poetry sums up so much of what I felt whilst making my recent work. At the heart of these new paintings is a feeling of a monochromatic city on hold in uncertain times. Central characters observe this passing show from static positions. Peoples' faces are etched with frowns as they plough on "unsteadily", ''guarded and abrupt' to wherever this passing show will lead us next. 

 

"....When we were simple and naive,

We wore our feelings on our sleeve,

As we've grown jaded and corrupt,

Our manner's guarded and abrupt,

Oh, how we'd smile most readily,

Whilst ploughing on unsteadily,

Now frowns are etched upon our face,

We can no longer stand the pace".....

Ian Dury 'The Passing Show'

 

The Passing Show is the passing of an older city evolving into a newer city through a cycle of decay and renewal. The Passing Show is also a kind of travelling circus- with a nod to the songwriter Ronnie Lane, and the title represents the idea of the show moving from St Martin-in-the-Fields to GX Gallery... coming home. Lastly 'the passing show' is the creative act that you lose yourself in when you make a painting; the forgotten moments that you don't see beneath the paint and the wrong turns that reveal the right turns...the ones that got away. These paintings created from the theatre of life that fills my sketchbooks are my act of adoration for all the inspiration this city gives me.                                                               

Ed Gray Rotherhithe 2018 

Old Street Roundabout ‘The Adoration of Silicon’

Acrylic paint. Ink, chalk and charcoal on board

100cmx140cm

YouTube link to a film about this painting

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAVhGLAAcAM

 

York Road Waterloo, Station Approach ‘The Adoration of the Approach’

Acrylic paint. Ink, chalk and charcoal on board

100cmx140cm

YouTube link to a film about this painting

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A26GbnprBIw

 

 

Memories of a Free Festival: ‘The Adoration of a Cockney Rebel’

Bermondsey Carnival Southwark Park

Acrylic paint. Ink, chalk and charcoal on canvas 160cmx120cm

 

‘Touch, We touched the very soul
Of holding each and every life
We claimed the very source of joy ran through
It didn’t, but it seemed that way…………..
We walked back to the road unchained….’

David Bowie Memories of a Free Festival 1969

YouTube link to a film about this painting

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NODjUB1vNm8

 

 

Parliament Hill Lido, Gospel Oak

Acrylic paint, ink, chalk and charcoal on board

140cm x130cm

YouTube link to a film about this painting

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4uiXG1Wxzk

 

Ladbroke Groovers, Notting Hill Carnival

Acrylic paint, ink, chalk and charcoal on board

130cm x100cm

 

 

On Camberwell Green

Acrylic paint, ink, chalk and charcoal on board

130cm x100cm