Casey Gray

Casey Gray is a painter from California.

Casey Gray has lived in California all his life, growing up in San Jose and finally settling in San Francisco after college and graduate school. He has exhibited his work extensively across the United States in numerous group and solo exhibitions, and has collaborated with brands such as Nike, Converse and Pabst Blue Ribbon amongst others on special projects.

With a primary focus on still life painting, Gray regularly uses historical tropes and frameworks as a point of departure for simultaneous bodies of work. In his eyes the picture plane acts as a space for reconciling conflicting mutual interests of realism, formal abstraction, texture and flatness. He translates this idea into different series quite literally, with bulletin boards, marble ledges, curiosity cabinets and tabletops taking on the role of “stage” for disparate subject matter to interact upon and play out narratives.

As an avid skateboarder since the age of twelve, Gray’s aesthetic is heavily influenced by the counter culture attitude of the West Coast. His works are characterized by his exclusive use of aerosol paints, his expansive palette of bright color, and his near trompe l’oeil sense of realism. Subject matter is collected distributed into the works based on formal qualities, and through associations with past experience, memory, and hopes for the future. His goal is to create a symbolic visual language that illuminates the loss of context in today’s visual culture, and to explore the fluidity of personal experience that is the contemporary landscape.

EDUCATION

2010 Master of Fine Arts, Painting
San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA.

2006 Bachelor of Arts, Painting and Printmaking
San Diego State University, San Diego, CA.

SOLO & TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2017 TBA, Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA. (Forthcoming)
2016 Abundant Plains, Casey Gray + Clark Goolsby, Circuit 12 Contemporary, Dallas, TX.
2016 Paper Trail, Legion, San Francisco, CA.
2015 Wave Pool, Park Life Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2014 Of Land & Sea, Circuit 12 Contemporary, Dallas, TX.
2013 Tropic, White Walls Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2012 Garden Party, White Walls Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2012 Solo Booth, Moniker Art Fair, London, UK.
2011 Style of Eye, White Walls Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2010 ill Romantic, White Walls Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

RECENT GROUP EXHIBITIONS & FAIRS

2016 Summer Group Show, Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA.
Golden Gate Meets Music City, Rymer Gallery, Nashville, TN.
Local II, Mirus Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
Art Market SF, Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA.
Thick As Paper Thin, Brilliant Champions Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.

2015 Tomorrow, Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA.
Indigo Mind, StorefrontLab, San Francisco, CA.
Co:Lab, Athen B. Gallery, Oakland, CA.
Botanica, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA.
Summer Group Show, Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA.
Adrift, Marcas Gallery, Santa Ana, CA.
Inaugural Group Show, Left Field Gallery, San Luis Obispo, CA.

2014 Way Out West, The Art City Project, San Francisco, CA.
MiniMansion, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
Space/Squared 2, White Walls Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
Winter Group Show, Vertical Gallery, Chicago, IL.
Five Year Anniversary Show, Ever Gold Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
The LA ART SHOW, Sloan Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA.

2013 SCOPE Miami, White Walls Gallery, Miami, FL.
Wider Than A Postcard, Breeze Block Gallery, Portland, OR.
Milestone #1, Circuit 12 Contemporary, Dallas, TX.
10 Year Anniversary Show, White Walls Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
Project One Walls, Project One Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
Winter Group Show, White Walls Gallery, San Francisco, CA.