Zimbabwe born Peter Gray's paintings and sculpture capture the rugged beauty, power and magical mystery of Africa; its warm flavour of the peoples and its abundant wildlife. "My earliest recollections as a child all connect to the wilderness areas of Zimbabwe. Over the years I have had the unique privilege of meeting and experiencing the wilderness with truly remarkable bushmen, hunters, conservationists and researchers, many of them becoming good friends. Sadly despite these efforts, the wilderness areas of our planet continues to diminish and huge pressures, unanswered questions, failed strategies continue to loom, placing a question mark on the future of many already threatened species."
He sold his first painting at age twelve. Peter is an accomplished artist with clients around the globe. Many have acquired his work to present as gifts to other government agencies and important clients or for their own collections. Peter has exhibited extensively in the USA and UK and has received notable invitations from Walt Disney, National Geographic, Cullman Hurt Tanzanian Projects and Christies of London. He has been featured in many tabloids and magazines – Leadership South Africa, Sporting and Hunting Mags, Interior decorating mags, Tatler and The Times of London.
He is a member of SAA (Society of Animal Artists) – a prestigious group of wildlife artists including some of the worlds most renowned artists. Artists for Conservation Foundation (AFC) - formerly the Worldwide Nature Artists Group (WNAG) - in Canada where he won the tender for the, "Simon Combes Conservation Award" sculpture.
Peter Gray is one of that rare breed of painters who skill is such that he is able to escape the confines of narrow focus and paint the full range of Africa's myriad wildlife with equal ease. Clearly captivated by the breadth and variety of Africa's wildlife, his range of interests moves in many directions and in a single space we are given the full tour; textures, colours, animal attitudes and behaviour that fascinate and enthrall the dedicated lover of all things African. He has not allowed the physical size of the canvas to become a boundary. Instead, his instincts have led him to relate canvas size directly to the psychological comfort zone of the viewer, with sometimes alarming results.
Presently he resides in Cape Town, South Africa where peter holds a one-man-show every year with other work being exhibited and touring museums primarily in the United States.