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I had been a student of art history for many years and often wondered how, as an artist, I fit into it.  

I had been thinking for some time about what it takes to be a great artist and what makes great art, great.  

These questions created a desire iin me to somehow place my work into an historical context and that became the basis for this body of work.

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 catalog of new work is the result of this intention.  














Picasso once said that painting is just another way of keeping a diary.  I don’t keep a diary but I have been writing for most of my life.  I have been writing for longer than I have been painting and I wanted to inject my new work with meaning and more substance.  I wanted to say something meaningful because after forty years of writing, I felt I had something to say.  Historically, I had been making paintings and sculptures that were energetic and beautiful (and I was very successful with this), but I wanted my new work to be a visual diary of my life and thoughts.  This was not an easy endeavor as I was trying to do this in my language of abstract art.  

I cannot escape my love for Pop art.  Never could.  I was born in the same year that Pop art came upon the scene and their images have had profound effects on my life and my art.  I was drawn to them like a bee to a flower.  Their clean lines,  bright colors and powerful energy always intoxicated me.   I love the simplicity in which Pop art  communicates large ideas through simple means.  I have melded my favorite periods of art - The Italian Renaissance and the Pop art of the sixties and built upon them  with the  unique visual language that I have been creating  for so many years.  I have tried to do this in as simple a fashion as possible, cutting out what is not necessary, and leaving in the end, something that is complete.  

Like a song, or a poem, each painting is a complete story. These paintings are visual images of my life, painted in a language I have written in for over twenty five years

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

Time Turns Elastic

LAW OF ATTRACTION

THE GREAT WHITE HOPE

WAITING FOR THE ALIENS

ITS ALL TOO MUCH

10,000 HOURS

ART STAR

BRIGHT SHINY OBJECTS

MORE IS NOT MORE

HOMAGE

.02 PERCENT

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


Group Exhibitions

(selected)


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


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



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

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