Philip Gray's passion for art is equalled only by his passion for exploration and discovery. His 'extreme art', painted in unexpected, often dangerous locations, has won him a unique reputation as an artist and adventurer; Everest base Camp, 60 feet beneath the surface of shark infested waters, the rainforest of Borneo, deep in the caves and atop the volcanoes of Iceland, …his expeditions are legendary, and his innovative artwork has won him a unique position in the international art world.
Philip says: “I have a great love of the sea, born out of experiencing the joy and freedom of the ocean wave, above and below the surface. I spent 17 years as an Irish navy diver. I still feel that as I lean over the side of a ship heading towards a new destination and distant horizon that the ocean is speaking to me with a thousand words and a thousand visions.”
Philip was born in Cork, Ireland, in 1959. From the age of five he loved art, and one of his earliest memories is being tutored in figurative drawing by a family friend, Trevor Scott, the founder of the renowned College of Art and Design in Dublin. He believes this to be the first step towards his need to explore his creativity.
He has since become one of Ireland’s most celebrated living artists. His powerful Original Paintings, Pastels and Collectable Editions have won him an impressive range of awards, media coverage and celebrity collectors from Bill Clinton and George W Bush to Dolly Parton.