Owen Gray: Look Up, Look Down

March 27th – April 21st

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 29th 5-8 PM

Owen Gray’s ninth solo show at Blue Mountain Gallery illustrates two perspectives the artist has been engaged in for years. From above, you are looking down at aquatic wild life, musical instruments, overturned boats – all in the thick of a dense, tropical environment. From below, you are looking at freefalling creatures and objects of desire as they whirl every which way. Gray’s subject matter is indirectly influenced by the Italian painter Tiepolo, Pieter Brueghel, Hieronymus Bosch, and 17th-century Dutch artists.

Born and raised in Wayland, Mass., Gray has painted in Maine, Massachusetts, and New York, a true East Coast native son New Englander. When he moved to New York, he began to study with Nicholas Carone and Leland Bell at The Studio School.

Of Gray’s paintings, New York Times critic Ken Johnson wrote that “his stroke is relaxed, but exacting” and described Gray’s concerns and “all-over abstractions as a kind of primordial, peaceable kingdom, as far from the frenetic hard-edged modernity of New York City as one could get. It is also a slightly creepy and scary Freudian never-never land where the ego lives in close touch with churning instinctual energies.”

Mario Naves of The New York Observer wrote, “Mr. Gray’s symbolism has a strong spiritual subtext. Even when he paints something as mundane as a hillside covered with scrubby bushes, it’s shot through with retribution, redemption, and less assuredly, grace. This is what makes him special – there’s no separation between the dutiful naturalist and the visionary. Indeed, to call Mr. Gray a ‘visionary’ is to inflate the quiet rectitude of his fantasies.”

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