Douglass Gray – Artist’s Statement & Other Info
I prefer working with steel for several reasons. For me, steel has both lyrical and stoic qualities. The apparent cold, hard qualities of the material can be softened by its form and the way light plays across the surfaces, as well as the warmth of the patina that the weathered surfaces provide. Most, if not all of my sculptures rely on a positive and negative space design concept that I have been intrigued with since my painting days. Also important are the ever changing shadows that occur within or around each piece. The fact that most of my pieces can be shown inside or outside is exciting to me because of the changing persona that they take on depending on the surrounding environment and light. Lastly, I have to admit that I enjoy not only the envisioning of the pieces, but also the physical effort required to complete those visions.
I was trained as a painter but gradually realized that the two dimensional format became uncomfortable and restrictive for me. The paintings seemed to urge me to translate my thoughts and ideas into a three dimensional form. My early pieces were basically two dimensional sculptures until the mid-seventies. By then I had trained my mind to develop ideas in two dimensional sketches and yet “see” them as being three dimensional objects.
During that time my sculpture was fortunate enough in earning several awards in local art shows. My piece named Lee Gully Project was awarded 1st Prize in sculpture at the Silvermine Guild of Artists in New Canaan, Connecticut in the 1974 Annual New England Juried Show. Later that year I also participated in a three artist exhibition at the Silvermine Guild. In 1975 my sculpture was part of a three person exhibit at the Fuller Art Museum (now called The Fuller Craft Museum) in Brockton, Massachusetts.
In 1977, the need for full time paid employment became the reality for me and in a short time it was apparent that my sculpture work would have to be put on hold for a while. I never imagined that it would be over thirty years before I could get back to working in sculpture again. I am very fortunate to be able to be creating again.
BA degree in Art – Stetson University 1962
MFA degree in Creative Art – University of Massachusetts 1965
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