- ARTIST STATEMENT -

“I cannot escape my love for Pop art. I never could. It’s part of my DNA.”

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BIOGRAPHY

Todd Gray was born in the year 1962 - around the same time pop art began to thrive as fine art under names like Warhol and Lichtenstein. From an early age on, Todd became encapsulated by the bright colors, bold lines and powerful energy that was conveyed. Intrigued by the ability to communicate large ideas through simple means, Todd became inspired to create his very own unique and recognizable visual language through art.

In an interview with the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Todd recalls one particular experience that really ignited his flame to become an artist. - “The first piece of art that rocked my world was a painting called "East End" by Al Held [from 1987]. I saw it in an Architectural Digest magazine that my mother had laying around the house. This painting hit me like a lightning bolt, and in many ways, I credit its influence on me being the artist I am today. It was the match and the firecracker that ignited my art life.”

Originally, Todd had his sights on becoming a motivational psychologist. However, halfway through his education it became clear that his heart was in it. After finishing his degree and after a few years of soul-searching it became clear that he needed to be an artist. Todd recalls this moment - “I realized I would rather struggle as long as it took doing what I loved than make money doing what I hated. I made the decision that moment I was going to be an artist. I went out the next day and bought myself a starter set of paints, some brushes and a canvas.” He later went on to earn his B.S. at the San Francisco Academy of Art and shortly after accepting a teaching position at the Honolulu Academy of Art in Hawaii. Eventually, Todd moved back to the West Coast and opened up his very own studio called Todd Gray Studios. It is there where his creative magic happens today.

Todd’s work samples what other artists have sampled in the past, but he adds a twist of his very own creative genius to the mix; geometric blocks. Todd describes his medium as having a direct connection to the toy blocks that he played with as a child. This is what makes Todd such an amazing artist and person. Him and his work are overflowing with that same bright and bold childhood energy that we all have when we are young. Luckily for us, Todd still knows how to channel his.

In 2018 he was hired to bring his positive energy and bold style to the World Trade Center where the 9-11 attacks took place. His mural has been rejuvenating the disaster stricken area.  

 

SOLO EXHIBITION

2019 (upcoming)

‘Pop Geometry’, Anderson Museum of Art, Anderson, IN
‘Pop Geometry’, Swope Museum of Art, Terre Haute, IN
Skidmore Contemporary Art Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2018

“Pop Geometry” Butler Museum of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio
“Pop Geometry” Fort Smith Art Museum, Fort Smith, Arkansas
“Pop Geometry” Hardin Center for Cultural Arts Chan Gallery, Gadsden, Alabama

2017

“Pop Geometry” Missouri State University Art and Design, Brick City Gallery, Springfield, Missouri
“Pop Geometry” The Goddard Museum, Ardmore, Oklahoma

2015

“Pop Geometry” Skidmore Contemporary Art Gallery, Santa Monica, California

1993

Martin Lawrence Galleries (11 throughout the U.S.)

Suzanne Brown Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

1992

Martin Lawrence Galleries (11 throughout the U.S.)

Suzanne Brown Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

1991

Peter Lembcke Gallery, San Francisco, California
Suzanne Brown Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona
Andre Zarre Gallery, New York City, New York

1990

Schwartz Cierlak Gallery, Santa Monica, California
Suzanne Brown Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

1989

Wilshire Pacific Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Schwartz Cierlak Gallery, Santa Monica, California

 

 

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018
HL Fine Art, Seoul, Korea
Eden Fine Art Galleries, London, England
Eden Fine Art Galleries, New York, New York (SoHo & Madison Avenue)
Eden Fine Art Galleries, San Francisco, California
Eden Fine Art Galleries, Tel Aviv & Jerusalem, Israel
A Gallery, Palm Desert, California
Coda Gallery, Palm Desert, CA

2017

Bel-Air Fine Art, Geneva, Switzerland, St. Moritz
Eden Fine Art Galleries, New York, New York (SoHo & Madison Avenue)
Eden Fine Art Galleries, San Francisco, California
Eden Fine Art Galleries, Tel Aviv & Jerusalem, Israel
A Gallery, Palm Desert, California

2017

Eden Fine Art Galleries, London, England

2016

Bel-Air Fine Art, Geneva, Switzerland, St. Moritz
Eden Fine Art Galleries, New York, New York (SoHo & Madison Avenue)
Eden Fine Art Galleries, San Francisco, California
Eden Fine Art Galleries, Tel Aviv & Jerusalem, Israel
A Gallery, Palm Desert, California

2015

A Gallery, “Pop Geometry” (group show), Palm Desert, California
Skidmore Contemporary Art, “Pop Geometry” One Man Show, Santa Monica, California
Skidmore Contemporary Art, “A working progress group show,” Santa Monica, California
Art Mkt SF, Skidmore Contemporary Art, San Francisco, California

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

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