Martin Gray


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Martin Gray studied Fine Art at Central Saint Martin's School of Art, London. He has contributed to audio-visual collaborative shows merging film with live performance as well as group and solo exhibitions at venues including: Richard Demarco Gallery (Edinburgh - Nominated for The Independent's Theatre Award); Institute of Contemporary Art (London); Street Level gallery, Royal Concert Hall and The Tron (Glasgow).

His exhibition pieces have been purchased by institutions and private collectors and are part of permanent collections including 'Glasgow Museums and Art Galleries' and 'The Navigator Foundation' : American Art Foundation, affiliated to Harvard University (World premier retrospective: 'Scotland Calls - 100 Years of Scottish Photography' commenced in Boston, USA, then toured internationally).

A major solo photographic exhibition was staged by Glasgow Museums & Art Galleries at Glasgow Art Gallery & Museum, Kelvingrove, entitled "Barras People" and received over 150,000 visitors. It became the subject of 17 newspaper and magazine features and was awarded a place in The Sunday Times Critic's Choice Top Five Art Exhibitions in Scotland for ten consecutive weeks. The exhibition was previewed by BBC Scotland's Ex-S arts documentary (subsequently twice UK-networked), also receiving television News Coverage and been the subject of BBC Radio Arts Programming.

Martin has been commissioned to illustrate* and develop books, and photograph many famous figures in the field of Literature and the Arts, working extensively with the Random House group of publishers. He illustrated a volume of the internationally best-selling and award-winning River Cafe Cookbook series (Ebury Press) and has also worked on books for authors including the wine expert Hamish Anderson (Century) and the first non-fiction work by Iain Banks, one of Britain's foremost literary figures (Century/Pan).

Over the last few years he has had an increasingly editorial role within publishing and the media, developing and writing/ghost writing projects. He was commissioned to illustrate* and ghost write an autobiographical cookbook for actor and restauranteur Sid Owen, who had become a household name in the UK through roles such as 'Ricky Butcher' in Britain's highest rating TV programme 'Eastenders' and 'Donnie Kimber' in the ITV drama 'Bad Girls'. The resulting book 'Life on a plate – the journey of an unlikely chef' (Century) received some surprise critical acclaim and projected Sid Owen back into the public eye via various magazine features, TV interviews and appearances on UK food programming. Owen has since been asked to reprise his role in Eastenders and a Food/Travel Programme/Book (co-developed by Martin Gray) is in the pipeline.

*Photographic illustrations.

Martin's work within the music industry includes album covers, promotional/documentary work and Music Videos for Artists such as The Proclaimers (Chrysalis/Persevere), Belle and Sebastian (Jeepster/Rough Trade), David McAlmont (Sony/Virgin/Hut), Camera Obscura (Elephant) The Trashcan Sinatras (Cooking Vinyl/Spin Art), Capercaille/Karen Matheson OBE (Sanctuary Music) and The Starlets (SL/Stereotone/Fastcut Japan)

Martin is currently co-writing and Illustrating two books due for publication next year as well as developing three further projects for publication/broadcast.