"Art is music to the soul"
Gray Artus is an up and coming self-taught artist and an Asheville native. He currently continues the corporate work week but longs to be painting every minute of those long forty hours.
In 2011 he created a series of photo composites that really sparked his creative energy. His photographic artwork is conceptual and created with a message in mind some easily understood and others evoking thoughts of one’s own life experiences of love, loneliness, desires and fears.
In 2013 he painted his first acrylic which began his dream of becoming an artist. Just a few short years ago in 2016 he tried his first watercolor. That same year the opportunity to try oils presented itself when a friend offered him a free set of Grumbacher oils which quickly became his favorite medium.
Gray states that, "Each piece of his art is personal, a part of his soul and is connected to him in some way." Many times he is awoken in the middle of the night with an idea or a visual that he just can’t get out of his head until it's on canvas.
A Modern Expressionist painter, his style incorporates the looseness of an expressionist reflecting the joys of the painting process yet exhibits just enough realism to bring it to life! In between commissions his current work is a series of North Carolina landscapes in oils. His progress can be found at his blog and many can be seen in person at Woolworth Walk Gallery in downtown Asheville.
MEDIUMS: Acrylics, oils, watercolors and photography.
STYLE: Modern Expressionist Painter and Conceptual Photographic Artist.
INSTALLATIONS: In Private Collections across USA, Canada & UK.
In Corporate collections across USA with Artwork used on various musical albums and artist websites.
>Currently on Display<
Woolworth Walk Gallery - Downtown Asheville NC 2019-present
Appalachian Wildlife Refuge ~ 'Wild Art' Curated Art Show 2020
Taylor Gallery - Asheville River Arts District ~ 2018-2019
Ooh La La Curiosity Market - Downtown Asheville ~ 2013-2018
West Side Artist Co-op - West Asheville NC ~ 2016-2018
Henderson County - Bring Us Your Best - 2017
Adler Gallery - 'Clouds' Curated Art Show ~ 2017
LAB Brewery - Downtown Asheville NC ~ 2015
Curiosity Shop - Black Mountain NC ~ 2013
Album/Website Photography & Art
Asheville Area Arts Council
Henderson County Arts Council
I lost myself long ago… I chased plastic dreams I thought would bring happiness. Where did the time go?
I lost myself in this world and at times I lose my mind… When I paint I find it and my thoughts are so clear.
I paint to have freedom… Freedom from this world of falling short of others expectations… Freedom from the anxiety that oppressed me and formed me into a soul that was unrecognizable.
I am a photographer to see… see the beauty in this world. There are days it’s hard to find but I see it… it’s there in a sunrise or maybe in a smile.
I am a photographer to see… see the loneliness in the world. It’s never hard to find… A teardrop falls silently to the earth.
I am an artist because there are no words to express my thoughts.
I am an artist created to be free…my soul soars… its the way God created me.
2 Corinthians 3-17
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
Thank you for enjoying my art!
A LITTLE EXTRA
Hometown: Asheville NC
Interest: Other than art of course I really enjoy weather watching. I would love to be one of those brave photographers that go out in the middle of a hurricane to film! My wife thinks I'm nuts!
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