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Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.

Picasso

I paint with shapes

Alexander Calder

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.

Edgar Degas

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time

Thomas Merton


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Email: todd@fungum.net

Phone: 818-422-6492

www.toddgray.com

Los Angeles, California

Welcome
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I have been fascinated with creating light through the use of color since the very beginnings of my explorations of art.  Caravaggio, Agam, Vasarely, Al Held and many others have inspired this never ending fascination with light in my work.  This particular body of work was actually inspired by looking at  my old work from the late eighties and seeing that some of these pieces had ‘good bones’ and could be further explored and built upon.  These pieces are not only subtle (and some not so subtle) explorations in the creation of light but are further enhanced in their design and shape being convex and concave.  Their simple geometric shapes and designs further enhance the use of color to create the image of light.

I have always loved the art of the early Italian Renaissance (Botticelli, Fra Angelico, etc.) I loved the altars as well as  the beauty and spirituality of the art of this time.   I then came up with the idea - If I could combine the amazing frames and altars of this incredibly rich artistic time period, and paint my own work into it, I could place my art squarely into an historical context while being true to my own art and creating something entirely new.  I had been making art for more than twenty-five years and had a prolific body of work in which I had created my own unique visual language.  I was proud of it but felt the need to continue to grow and reinvent myself.  I decided to do just that.  This body of new work is the result of this intention.  


SCULPTURE

1997

Dick Kleinman Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio

Acme Fine Art, San Francisco, California

Katie Gingrass Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

A Gallery, ‘Assemblage’, Todd Gray & Craig French

Palm Desert, California

Vail Village Arts, Vail, Colorado

Windsors Gallery, Miami, Florida

Village Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

  

1996

Solomon Dubnick Gallery,’Sculptural Furnishings 4’

Sacramento , California

Nan Miller Gallery, ‘The Best of Both Worlds’

Rochester, New York

Richard Russell Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana

Windsor’s Gallery,`Miami, Florida

Vail Village Arts, Vail, Colorado

Village Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

A Gallery, Palm Desert, California

Acme Fine Art, San Francisco, California

Katie Gingrass Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

  

1995

A Gallery, Palm Desert, California

Windsor’s Gallery, Miami, Florida

One World Gallery, Las Vegas, Nevada

  

1994

Sherwood Gallery, Laguna Beach, California

Westervelt Fine Art, Laguna Niguel, California

Elaine Sternberg Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

One World Gallery, Las Vegas, Nevada

A Gallery, Palm Desert, California

Suzanne Brown Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

Windsor’s Gallery, Miami, Florida

  


1993

Tokyo International Art Show, Tokyo, Japan

Posner Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Gallery of Functional Art, ‘Magnetism- Force Follows Function’

Santa Monica, California

Sherwood Gallery, Laguna Beach, California

Westervelt Fine Art, Laguna Niguel, California

Pauline Hirsch Gallery, ‘Fusion 93- The Artist’s Role in Rebuilding L.A.’, Los Angeles, California

Elaine Sternberg Gallery, ‘ Todd Gray and Mark Beam’

Chicago, Illinois

One World Gallery, Las Vegas, Nevada

Devorzon Gallery, Los Angeles, California

A Gallery, Palm desert, California

Suzanne Brown Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

Madeline Michaels Gallery, Lahaina, Maui

Posner Gallery, ‘Oh Come All Ye Playful’, Santa Monica, California

1992

Devorzon Gallery, Los Angeles, California

CG Rein Galleries:

          Minneapolis, Minnesota

          Santa Fe, New Mexico

          Houston, Texas

Suzanne Brown Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

Diane Nelson Gallery, ‘Winter Show’,

Laguna Beach, California

A Gallery, Palm Desert, California

1993

Tokyo International Art Show, Tokyo, Japan

Posner Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Gallery of Functional Art, ‘Magnetism- Force Follows Function’

Santa Monica, California

Sherwood Gallery, Laguna Beach, California

Westervelt Fine Art, Laguna Niguel, California

Pauline Hirsch Gallery, ‘Fusion 93- The Artist’s Role in Rebuilding L.A.’ Los Angeles, California

Elaine Sternberg Gallery, ‘ Todd Gray and Mark Beam’

Chicago, Illinois

One World Gallery, Las Vegas, Nevada

Devorzon Gallery, Los Angeles, California

A Gallery, Palm desert, California

Suzanne Brown Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona  

Madeline Michaels Gallery, Lahaina, Maui

Posner Gallery, ‘Oh Come All Ye Playful’

Santa Monica, California


1992

Devorzon Gallery, Los Angeles, California

CG Rein Galleries:

          Minneapolis, Minnesota

          Santa Fe, New Mexico

          Houston, Texas

Suzanne Brown Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

Diane Nelson Gallery, ‘Winter Show’, Laguna Beach, California

A Gallery, Palm Desert, California

1991

Peter Lembcke Gallery, ‘Summer Show’, San Francisco, California

A Gallery, Palm Desert, California

Diane Nelson Gallery, ‘Summer Show’, Laguna Beach, California

Parks Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

CG Rein Galleries

            Minneapolis, Minnesota

            Santa Fe, New Mexico

            Houston, Texas

Diane Nelson Gallery, ‘Salon Show’, Laguna Beach, California

Spectrum Gallery, ‘Todd Gray and Nancy Henderson’

Palm Desert, CA

Sherwood Gallery, Laguna Beach, California

Andre Zarre Gallery, New York City, New York

Schwartz Cierlak Gallery, Santa Monica, California

  

1990

Diane Nelson Gallery, ‘Color Five’, Laguna Beach, California

Spectrum Gallery, ‘Bruzzi’s’, Palm Desert, California

Andre Zarre Gallery, ‘New Yorkers and Outsiders’

New York City, NY

Sherwood Gallery, Laguna Beach, California

Schwartz Cierlak Gallery,  ‘Summer Show’

Santa Monica, California

Suzanne Brown Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

Patton Duval Gallery, Los Angeles, California

  

1989

Andre Zarre Gallery, ‘Wood, Metal, Stone’

New York City, New York

Brand Gallery, ‘Dealers Choice- Selections from Art Dealers Association of California’, Glendale, California

Spectrum Gallery, Palm Desert, California

Patton Duval Gallery, Los Angeles, California

Schwartz Cierlak Gallery, Santa Monica, California

Suzanne Brown Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

Art Expressions Gallery, San Diego, California

  

1988

Schwartz Cierlak Gallery, ‘Tryptychs by Eight Artists’

Santa Monica, California

Suzanne Brown Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

Patton Duval Gallery, Santa Monica, California



Group Exhibitions
(selected)

Education:

University of California, Los Angeles, B.A.

San Francisco Academy of Art

Born: August 31, 1962

Teaching:  

Honolulu Academy of Art, Honolulu, HI  

Solo Exhibitions


1993 Suzanne Brown Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

1992 Suzanne Brown Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

1991 Peter Lembcke Gallery, San Francisco, California

1991 Suzanne Brown Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

1991 Andre Zarre Gallery, New York City, New York

1990 Schwartz Cierlak Gallery, Santa Monica, California

1990 Suzanne Brown Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

1989 Wilshire Pacific Gallery, Los Angeles, California

1989 Schwartz Cierlak Gallery, Santa Monica, California

Selected Collections


Lifescan Corporation/Johnson & Johnson, Milpitas, CA

Hughes Aircraft, Fullerton, CA

Silicon Graphics, Mountainview, CA

H & R Bloch, Palm Desert, CA

Texas Children’s  Hospital, Dallas, Texas

Brown and Bain, Phoenix, Arizona;  Palo Alto, California

BDO, Los Angeles, California

Time, Inc., New York City, New York

Toyota of California, Newport Beach, CA  

Shufro, Rose, Ehrman, New York City, New York

William Smith Associates, San Diego, California

AFS Corporation, Arlington, Virginia

Century Centre, Irvine, California

Metropolitan Life Insurance Corporation

Wilson’s House of Suede and Leather, Minneapolis, Minnesota

I. Magnin Department Stores, California

Selected Bibliography


Decorating Magazine   August 1992, Pg 18

Phoenix Home and Garden   January 1990, Pgs 48-53

Bill Lasarow, “Todd Gray”  Art Scene, April 1990, Pgs 16-17

Phoenix Home and Garden   May 1991, Pgs 48-51

Brutus, “Todd Gray”   May 1991, Pg 35

Fantasy and Illusion   Davis Publications, Inc., May 1991

Northern California Home and Garden   August 1991, Pg 14

It is obvious that the biography above is a bit outdated.  By the mid-nineties, after an extremely prolific and successful time in the art world, coupled with the solitude of the studio, steady shows  and consistent commissions, I was tired and needed to take a break.  I moved to Hawaii for a few years and later, back to Los Angeles.   I then started two companies, both of which have occupied my time for these past years.  The candy company became the largest of its kind in the United States and my custom cabinet company is one of the most successful in Southern California.  This website can be seen here:  www.funtimecabinetfactory.com


I never stopped making art- I love the experience far too much and have always felt blessed to be able to do it.  I am returning to the art world with a re-focused  enthusiasm  and the wisdom garnered from all these years of business creativity.  

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I think that art needs to be fundamentally beautiful and pretty to look at:  like a melody in a song.  A song with no melody (to me) is like an art piece that is not beautiful.  It is not that art is not art if it is not beautiful nor music not music without melody, but the intention to create beauty is a primary force that has always driven me.  Much of my inspiration is garnered from music as most of my time creating art is done with music as my backdrop.  The two are interchangeable.  So it comes as no surprise that music metaphors are indelibly intertwined with my artistic definitions.  Secondly, I believe that art should say something like the lyrics in a song.  And finally, my highest goal, (and the one I always strive for)  would be to create art that is somehow meaningful… and profound… and significant like great music which mixes profoundly moving lyrics with incredible melody.  Like Bob Marley or John Lennon or Bob Dylan...  These are the simple yardsticks and beacons I use and I have more or less held to them steadfast through the years.  I might have different intentions and desires with regards to each individual body of work but my core beliefs always hold true to these simple maxims.