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About DF Gray:
D. F. Gray.... Pastels from lifePainting...a gathering of the senses."
"I paint from life....of life "
Grays pastels are impressions of the moment.
Born in Vancouver B.C., he has worked in soft pastel since 1975.
Always painting from live models.....always 'en plein air' when painting the landscape.
I am seen working in the July/August 2013, ‘The Artist Magazine’ in the featured article ‘Large Plein Air’ 2013 exhibited at the Artists for a New Century Gallery, Soho, New York , Green Drake Gallery PA
I have work in Art for an Oil Free Coast travelling exhibition also featured in the documentary ‘Reflections, Artists for an Oil Free Coast’.
My work can be seen in the book ‘Artists for an Oil Free Coast’, on the cover and in ‘Far and Near Horizons, places of interest’. Works can be found in ’Mythography, Ken Kirkby and Friends’ all published in 2012.
A pastel from 2011 Herring Spawn is reproduced on a sign for the (United Nations) Mt. Arrowsmith Biosphere Reserve at the entrance to Rathtrevor Park, Vancouver Island.
The Steveston Grand prix of Art 1st Place Trophy is named ‘The Gray Cup’ for Dan’s dedication to ‘plein air’ Sept 2011.
In 2010 a project to paint 2010 people from life concluded with over 2500 subjects.
Award, Grand Prix d’Art Qualicum Beach, July 28 2012
First Place award, Nanaimo Heritage paint out, September 2011
Award, Grand Prix d’ Art, Qualicum Beach, July 2011
Award, Sidney Paint In, Sidney BC, July 2011
Award, Thunder at Coos Bay Museum, Coos Bay Oregon June, 2011
First Place award, Stevestons Inaugural Grand Prix of Art, September 24. 2010
First Place Award, Heritage Building Paint Out – Photo Shoot, Nanaimo Aug 2, 2010
Award, Grand Prix d’Art Qualicum Beach, July 28 , 2010
Award, Federation of Canadian Artists Shuswap, 2010
First Place Award, Nanaimo Heritage Building Paint out 2010
Designated a Premier Pastellist of Canada by the Pastel Society of Canada. Pastel Society of Canada awards include: Plaque of Distinction 1990 1st place Silver Pastel Plate 1994 The inaugural award for Excellence and Dedication to Pastel 2000
Curator of Pastel by Invite…D.F.Gray, The Old School House Qualicum Beach, July 2011
Challenged by CBC evening news to paint a pastel of the Richmond Night Market on air September 23, 2010
Works represented Qualicum Beach at Vancouver Winter Olympics
Exhibits with Landscape International New York, Orlando, Estes Park, Qualicum Beach
Works seen at Velocity ‘08, “the world’s finest automotive artists”, Minneapolis Minnesota, 2008
Exhibited with Passion for Pastel Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery , Vancouver, 2007, 2003
Represented the PSC at International Association of Pastel Societies, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2001
Exhibited at Aim for Arts, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver 2000
Coordinator of PSC2000 the first PSC National Members Exhibit held in Western Canada, 2000
Exhibited with the Pastel Society of France Biennial exhibit, Paris France, 1988
D.F.’s pastels are in private collections internationally also Milner Gardens Vancouver Island University,
Drs. Roy and Janet Taylor, British Airways, Mr & Mrs S. Jarislowski, Devonshire Financial Group, Vancouver City Savings,
Surrey Municipal Hall, Just Ladies Fitness, Craig Bay Estates, UBC Hospital, the Government of British Columbia
His work supports
Rainforest Conservation Foundation
The Living Oceans Society, CHILD Foundation, CNIB 20/20 Foundation, Kelowna and White Rock Hospitals, Rotary, ALS Society, Nanaimo Art Gallery, White Rock and District 69 Arts Councils.
Work can be currently found at:
Englishman River Gallery, Parksville BC
Morris Gallery, Victoria BC
The Pastel Society of Canada