2007 MFA UCSB
Christine Gray is a painter who lives in the Washington DC metro area, and she is an Associate Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her work has been exhibited nationally in New York, LA, Chicago, Miami, Portland, Austin, DC, and other cities. Her work has appeared in Art Papers, New American Paintings, Beautiful/Decay, and Art in America. Christine has been awarded residencies and fellowships by the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, 7 Below, the Sam and Adele Golden Foundation, the Trawick Foundation, and the Jentel Foundation. She was also the winner of the $10,000 William and Dorothy Yek Award for painting in 2010. Christine is represented by RARE in New York and Project 4 in Washington DC.
Christine Gray’s work assembles overlooked artifacts into talismanic objects that project a palpable resonance of their histories. Her work combines cultural detritus from the recent past with etched bark, meteorites, and geological specimens in situations that set our minds to imagine their purpose. Because of their strange characteristics they are assigned special significance or even supernatural powers. Just as with the other places and artifacts described in her work, it is her belief that these things may act as a conduit between us and a reality beyond our understanding.