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DAVID GRAY - Born in Coventry in 1948, David studied Graphics and Technical Illustration at Coventry College of Art and Design. He went on to spend most of his life in the West Country, enjoying a long career as a Design Draughtsman – working in local shipyards, constructing all types of boats and yachts. He has now settled in St Mawes, dedicating himself full time to his art.
He enjoys the process of painting, the medium being acrylic on board or canvas and sometimes using torn material such as denim jeans with pockets, buttons and zips embedded into the texture. Paint is applied in layers and glazes, pouring and rubbing with cloths, fingers and knives to give a distressed effect which is pulled together in the final stages.
David paints many topics including military and figurative, but he always enjoys his highly evocative and romantic colourful fishing boats set in Cornwall and Devon harbours.