ABOUT THE ARTIST

Pamela Gray is an artist/illustrator from Westport Co. Mayo. Drawing, painting and mixed media are to the fore of her artistic practice. Her work is informed by sources real but mostly imagined, often drawing inspiration from childhood memory, fairy tales and nonsense poetry. Gray's inventive drawings are elegant, layered, humorous and often full of surprise.

 

Her educational background includes a Diploma in Textile Design, Galway Mayo Institute of Technology; First Class Honors Degree in Illustration, Derby University, England; One year of an MA in Children's Book Illustration, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, England. Pamela has exhibited in solo shows and in numerous selected group shows. In 2009 and 2015 she designed the Westport Arts Festival posters.

Artists Statement

'Through observation and imagination I invent a visual response to the world around me, of things seen and unseen, real and imagined.  I embrace the witty, the surreal and the strangely bizarre.

Through line drawing, textural mark making and layering of colour, I create personifications and anthropomorphic characters in atmospheric landscapes. 

Fantastical beings and hybrids, elephants, trees, islands, buildings and machinery are often recurring images and motifs in my work. Although these animate and inanimate creatures may appear charming and whimsical they often contain subtle dark undertones.

 My objective is to construct worlds that intrigue, puzzle and delight in equal measure.'