Born and raised in Wayland, MA, Owen Gray moved to New York in 1975 to study with Nicholas Carone and Leland Bell at The Studio School. The New York Times critic Ken Johnson, The New York Observer critic Mario Naves and The New Republic critic Jed Perl have all reviewed his paintings. He currently splits his time between his home in Tribeca, New York City and his studio in Hoboken, New Jersey.
Floating parrots, flying mandolins and cactus-headed figures evolve into one another, twist and turn into moments of abstraction in Gray's fantastical scenes. Ranging from shellfish to hot air balloons, his subjects are inspired by his travels to the Southwest and Florida as well as his time drawing specimens from life in zoos, gardens and natural history museums. He directs these objects, animals and figures spiraling through sky and swimming through swamps, creating sensational compositions. The exaggerated lighting, compositional intricacies and baroque dynamism are influenced by old masters such as Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Francisco Goya, Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Bruegel.