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Photo of Nigel Gray standing at his printing press

It's my joy and privilege to be a part-time Christian minister. It's also a joy to have printmaking as my hobby and a privilege to have my very own press. Some say we men can't multitask but I'm quite happy making prints whilst doing the washing in my laundry-cum-studio.

Find out more about my humble art journey so far in the time-line and exhibitions list below.

23

A busy year. I started submitting works to local art prizes and made it into the finals of four them. My monotype Deep in the Bush was commended in the printmaking catergory of Ewart Prize.

2309 Ewart Prize - commendation_edited_e

22

The four-day Other Art Fair was my biggest artistic undertaking yet. A lot of work but also a lot of fun and a great learning experience. I really appreciated being visited by lots of family, friends and church family.

Photo of Nigel Gray in his booth at The Other Art Fair Sydney 2022 with his daughter Ashlea

22

I really enjoyed the camaraderie of the Willoughby Arts Centre Friday morning life drawing group for the year. I found doing monotypes in situ very challenging. Our exhibition In the Buff brought together our year's labours February 2023.

'In The Buff' exhibitors - February 2023

21

I set up my website and found a wonderful, second-hand etching press advertised on an international Facebook group but located just around the corner! 

Photo of printmaker Nigel Gray's Blick etching press.

19

Returning to printmaking, I re-discovered the simplicity of monotypes and converted our laundry into a printmaking workshop.

Photo of printmaker Nigel Gray's art studio cum laundry.

18

After 13 years practising the art of parenting I decided to give acrylic painting and life drawing a go with mixed results.  

Photo of an acrylic painting by printmaker Nigel Gray.

04

Busy art year with involvement in numerous exhibitions. My work Ambiguity was acquired in an acquisitive exhibition, commended in the TAFE NSW Art Prize and exhibited in several regional NSW galleries.

Ambiguity_edited.jpg

03

I held my first solo exhibition of sorts. No fancy gallery - just the walls around our house in Hornsby Heights. Great fun catching up with family and friends and trying to explain the etching and aquatint process.

0312 Works on Paper - viewers_edited_edi

02

I started a printmaking course at Hornsby TAFE. For two years I did weekly classes with tutors Bruce Latimer and Gary Shinfield. I then did a further two years at Meadowbank under the tutelage of Rew Hanks.

0211 Infraspect - Wintery Lane_edited_ed

01

Signed up for an introductory printmaking course at the Willoughby Arts Centre with Meike Cohen shortly after emigrating from Northern Ireland. My first etching was Somewhere in Italy. I was hooked!

First etching - Somewhere in Italy - cro

95

Got into watercolour painting but, being colour blind, struggled with the colour side of things - duh! The highlight of this venture was a week's course on the beautiful Achill Island on the west coast of Ireland.

Watercolour week - square_edited.png

90

Got back to drawing again, 13 years after last having done it at school. I sketched a lot during the 8 years I lived in Sevilla, Spain, really enjoying the lovely old architecture that abounds there.

Pen and ink drawing by printmaker Nigel Gray - Plaza de Toros, Sevilla.

75

Art was always my best subject through school. I got my picture in the school yearbook and the paper for winning 25 pounds and a silver trophy in a Northern Ireland schools poster competition. I didn't get to keep the trophy or, as it turns out, my hair!

Schoolboy Nigel Gray receiving first prize in the Northern Ireland Construction Industry poster competition.

1855

Draughtsmanship is in my genes, it seems. My great grandfather, Thomas Gray, was a keen mountain man, caver, traveller and sketcher (all things I did in my youth). He drew the new climbs and caves he helped discover (including Gaping Ghyll, the deepest cave in the UK) and helped illustrate a traveller's guide to Norway.

Drawing of the bottom of renowned English cave, Gaping Ghyll, by the grandfather of printmaker Nigel Gray

I tend to agree with the person who said "printmaking is fun because it takes a perfectly simple process like drawing and makes it as complicated and error prone as possible." Whilst making monotypes - my favoured technique - is simpler than other printmaking methods, I'm still work in reverse never knowing what I'm going to get until the end of the process. But, again, that's why I find printmaking such fun!

The scenes I like to capture usually feature an interplay of light and shade which lends itself to a dramatic monochrome rendering. I especially love the 'magic hour' of the day when the sun is setting and shapes become more like silhouettes. Night-time city scapes are a new interest.

Exhibitions & Awards

​​2023  

Warringah Print Studio Annual Exhibition

          Creative Space, North Curl Curl, NSW

Northern Beaches Gallery Art Prize: finalist

Northern Beaches Gallery, Cromer, NSW

Hunters Hill Art Prize: finalist

Town Hall, Hunters Hill, NSW

Ewart Art Prize: commended finalist

Willoughby Arts Centre, Willoughby, NSW

Little Things Art Prize: finalist

Saint Cloche Gallery, Paddington, NSW

Packsaddle Art Exhibition

NERAM, Armidale, NSW

Lindfield Art Show

Lindfield, NSW

In the Buff Exhibition

Willoughby Arts Centre, NSW

2022   

The Other Art Fair

The Cutaway, Barangaroo, NSW

Ewart Art Prize: winner of printmaking category

Willoughby Arts Centre, NSW

2021 

Cornucopia Exhibition

Kur-ring-gai Art Centre, NSW

2020

Green Dream Exhibition

Kur-ring-gai Art Centre, NSW

 

2019

Light and Shade Exhibition

Kur-ring-gai Art Centre, NSW

2018    

Art for All Exhibition

St Swithun's Church, Pymble, NSW

2005

Force of Nature Exhibition

Botanical Gardens, Sydney, NSW

Ntn Sydney Inst.Arts: finalist, acquisition

See Street Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2004  

TAFE NSW Prize: commended finalist

Sydney, Gosford, Lismore, Cooma,

Albury, Broken Hill, Armidale, NSW

Shades of Gray Exhibition

Hornsby Heights, NSW

Night of Passion Exhibition

St Luke's Church, Hornsby Heights, NSW

Sydney Gallery Sch Printmaking Majors

Hardware Fine Art, St Leonards, NSW

Willoughby City Art Prize: finalist

Willoughby Civic Centre, NSW

2003

Works on Paper

Hornsby Heights, NSW

Exhibition 2003

TAFE, Hornsby, NSW

Miniatures Competition

TAFE, Hornsby, NSW

2002  

Infraspect Exhibition

TAFE, Hornsby, NSW

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