British sculptor Kevin Francis Gray works primarily with bronze and marble create idealized figures draped with fabric in the style of Neoclassical or Baroque figurative sculptures. Gray studied at the National College of Art & Design in Dublin, the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, and received an MA in Fine Art from Goldsmith College in London.
Often with personal histories marred by contemporary demons such as addiction with dignity and importance, yet they also express a somber, contemplative quality emphasized by the artist’s consistent shrouding of his subject’s faces. It’s easy to see why the British sculptor Kevin Francis Gray’s 2005 body of work was so hugely appealing London youths the freaks and oft-romanticized street tribes of the East End, were cast as towering Rodin-like figures. These figures wore jeans, tanks, and sneakers; their faces obscured by hoodies and veils. It was urban ghetto-Gothic street style immortalized in ancient materials like bronze, marble, and black resin. A once fleeting feeling was rendered permanent, mythical almost.