Dan Gray’s 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
Look for a pastel of mine in the featured article 'big statement en plein air' in Artists Magazine July/August 2013.
My pastel on the cover
just released book 'Far and Near Horizons' with Landscape Artists International.
in 2013 exhibited with Landscape Artists International at
ARTISTS FOR A NEW CENTURY GALLERY Soho, Manhatten, New York
GREEN DRAKE GALLERY Millheim, Pennsylvania.
a review from my works in New Century Artist Gallery March 2013, NY NY
"The Canadian artist D. F. Gray on the other hand, works in soft pastel on paper, layering delicate strokes to evoke impressive subtleties of chiaroscuro. Gray’s “Moorcroft Vue” depicts the rolling tide, craggy rocksand foliage of a Canadian shoreline with dappled strokes, while “From Brant Point” is a moist marshy vision of one of the artists favorite painting sites."
Vincent Klein, March 2013, Gallery and Studio New York
Thanks to all who visited the loft... in celebration of the New York Show opening
Recent Works, 2013...here
Artists for an Oil Free Coast
I am included with a fine group of artists participating in this important project
June 2012, an epic painting trip with Brian Falconer on the Achiever, along with a documentary, book and cross Canada Art Exhibit
My journey to this wonderful place here
I am proud to have six pastels in the just released book 'Mythography', paintings by Ken Kirkby and Friends accompanied by poetry from Manolis. Published by libros libertad. www.libroslibertad.ca
a 2011 Herring piece lives on
A pastel of a fish boat harvesting Herring has appeared on a Informational Sign for the Mount Arrowsmith Bioshere project the sign is located at the main entrance to Rathtrevor Beach The sign was unvieled at this years Brant Festival Opening
'the Gray Cup'
The first place trophy at the Steveston Grand Prix of Art has been rededicated as the 'Gray Cup' after D. F.
Recent automotive works, 2013...here
a story of D F working with his automotive subjects in the Parksville Qualicum News June 15th in time for this years Fathers Day Car Show in Qualicum Beach....
PQB News here
a personal project to paint 2010 figures from life in 2010
some of the works here
Cherry Bomb demo here
Sunflower demo here
Rav demo here
Technically, pastel is powdered pigment, rolled into round or square sticks and contained by methyicellulose, a non-greasy binder. When protected by frame and glass, pastel is the most permanent of all media, for it never cracks, darkens or yellows. Today, pastel has the same stature of oil and watercolor as a major fine art medium. Many of our most renowned living artists have distinguished themselves in pastel, enriching the art world with this beautiful medium.