In his latest collection, Gray's extensive research into religious iconic panels has led him to fuse his Japanese "Tattoo" theme with those ecclesiastical emblems of the last two millennia.
Gray has adopted the same traditional methods used for centuries to create his iconic panels: A pitch pine panel is built up with gesso and a polished bole, then gilded in 22c gold leaf. The gold is burnished with a polished agate stone to press the gold down into the bole, then distressed and worn through to reveal the beautiful red bole beneath the gold. The figure is built up in layers of impasto and carefully sanded and smoothed ready for oil panting. The final work is sealed with a hand made varnish and is approx. 30 x 47cm in size.