Award-winning artist Douglas Gray was born in Harrogate in1965. He began his professional artistic career in the study of illustration, enjoying significant success over a 20-year period with clients including Saatchi and Saatchi, Warner Brothers and Universal Studios. His work includes several book covers for popular authors including Jackie Collins.
Douglas’s career has since progressed into the world of fine art and especially figurative painting, a natural transition for him. He finds a wealth of creative inspiration from people themselves, utilising his artistic skills to portray human nature and all its emotional complexities. The power of his paintings allows Douglas to connect with his viewers, igniting their imagination and enabling them to create their own personal narratives to his work.
He is represented internationally with galleries in London, Paris, and Amsterdam and possesses an impressive history of important exhibitions including solo shows. In 2013 he was elected full member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists who have the honoured patronage of Her Majesty the Queen. Douglas was commissioned by the illustrious Savoy Hotel in London and his painting entitled 'Cloudbreak, River Thames' is displayed in the hotel’s celebrated River Room.
Douglas has been the recipient of several prestigious painting awards and his work is featured in private collections worldwide.
'Claude Monet famously painted several views of the River Thames from his room on the upper floors of The Savoy during his many visits. As part of the recent refurbishment of the River Room, one of The Savoy’s elegant events rooms, we wanted to commission a contemporary, atmospheric view of the Thames using an artist with great traditional skill. Douglas Gray was the perfect choice and we are delighted with the result'.
Kiaran MacDonald, Managing Director of The Savoy Hotel.