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.
She invents a personal visual response to the world around her through observation and imagination and embraces the witty, the surreal and the strangely bizarre. Through line drawing, layering of colour, textural mark making and pattern Pamela develops quirky characters in atmospheric landscapes.
Recurring images in her work are people, dolls, dogs, elephants, trees, buildings and machines.
Although she portrays these animate and inanimate objects in a seemingly charming and whimsical manner they very often contain subtle dark undertones. Pamela's objective is to create work that intrigues and delights in equal measure.