Julia CR Gray
Julia C R Gray is a native California artist who sculpts ceramic torsos with hand-painted contemporary images. She exhibits her work in museums, civic galleries, and gallery exhibitions. After working as a representational painter for decades, Gray returned to university to focus on sculpture, completing a BFA in sculpture with Honors from San Francisco Art Institute.
Gray has been awarded scholarships and art grants from SFAI, Davis Projects for Peace for art and environmental work in Bali, Indonesia. She received the Rising Arts Leaders San Diego Quick Grant as well as exhibition awards, including the Member’s Choice award at the La Jolla Athenaeum’s 27th Juried Biennial.
Gray lives in Cardiff by the Sea, CA, where she sculpts using slip-casting and hand-building methods in her home ceramic studio. Gray’s many years of experience in oil painting has informed her personal method of working with ceramic glazes, painting layers of underglazes, glazes, oxides, and lusters. She is inspired by the beautiful Pacific Ocean and local Cardiff Reef: “My search to connect with nature impels me to walk on the beach at sunrise, transferring that mysterious consciousness when I return to my ceramic studio. My sculpture series SHE Sea Wisdom features ceramic female torsos attached to bases of coral inspired clay shapes. The body’s opalescent form speaks to the mystery of being, while deeply embedded in coral patterns with gold accents symbolizing nature’s preciousness.”
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