About - David Gray


David Gray
Internationally renowned award-winning artist
Guest instructor for Still Life and Portrait workshops

Atelier Nadaï is immensely pleased to receive internationally renowned award-winning artist David Gray who comes to teach his remarkable oil painting techniques at our school. During this 5-day intensive workshop students discover the classical painting techniques of great masters whose beautiful still life and portrait paintings adorn the walls of museums worldwide.  

David's signature style reveals a personal and contemporary expression of beauty and order which pays homage to the Classical Tradition in its craftsmanship. Collectors of David's work often relate that his painting evoke a sense of peace, stillness, or a contemplative mood. His award winning works have been covered by major art publications including Southwest Art, Art of the West, and American Art Collector. David also teaches several workshops per year in portraiture and still life painting  throughout the United States and abroad.

Fans of David's work will notice a change in style beginning in late 2017. This new style, while retaining the mastery of draftsmanship characteristic of earlier work, finds a new freedom of brushwork and color application. This new dialect of painting is influenced in part by French Impressionism of the late 19th century, particularly the work of Monet. Forms are often suggested rather than completely rendered, though a solidly sculpted structure is still evident. David's former work communicated a stirring beauty and meditative stillness. His current painting will push that expression into a new strength of emotion through bold brushwork, inventiveness, and a new found creative conviction. 

David Gray Autoportrait Alla Prima technique
    Autoportrait by David Gray

Education and influences

Ten Day Figure Painting Workshop, Douglas Flynt, The Grand Central Academy of Art, New York, NY
Hans Nordlund, Tacoma Academy of Fine Art, Tacoma, WA
Terry Furchgott, Gage Academy of Art, Seattle, WA
Bachelor of Fine Art, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA


2016 John August Dietrich Memorial Figurative Award of Excellence, 25th Annual Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils
2014 Finalist, 2013/2014 International ARC Salon, Art Renewal Center
2012 "Chairman's Choice Award", 2011/2012 International ARC Salon, Art Renewal Center
2011 Silver Medal, OPA Western Region Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils
2010 "Top 100 Finalist", 2009/2010 International ARC Salon, Art Renewal Center
2009 "Finalist", International Artist Magazine Challenge No. 52 - Favorite Subjects
2009 Multiple "Finalist" entries in both the Still Life and Figure categories, The Artist's Magazine 26th Annual Art Competition
2009 "Hunter Editions Award of Excellence" Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition, Sage Creek Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2009 "Chairman's Choice Award", 2008/2009 International ARC Salon, Art Renewal Center
2008 "Award of Excellence - Best Associate Member", Oil Painters of America Western Region Juried Exhibition, Devin Galleries, Coeur d'Alene, ID
2007 "Top 100 Finalist", 2007 International ARC Salon, Art Renewal Center
2007 "Finalist, Portrait and Figure Category", The Artist's Magazine 24th Annual Art Competition
2007 "Jury's Top 50" Salon International, International Museum of Contemporary Masters, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX
2003 "Best of Show" Oil Painters of America West/Southwest/Mountain Region Juried Exhibition, Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA


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