Born in Germany to English parents in 1971, Brad Gray has travelled widely, living and working in Ireland, England, Saudi Arabia, Borneo, Colorado, Sardinia, Vietnam, South Africa, and China. After two years serving in the Marines, Brad enrolled in Illustration at Bristol Technical College before studying at the Falmouth School of Art in Cornwall until 1994. The artist had a successful career as an illustrator in London until his move to Saudi Arabia in 1999, where he worked for six years as an art teacher alongside his wife. Later settling in South Africa, Brad established himself as a full-time artist, earning a reputation for his theatrical and richly symbolic scenes. After undertaking the Swatch residency in Shanghai, China, Brad has since returned to Ireland with his wife and three children. He has recently completed an artist’s residency at Cill Rialiag (West of Ireland) after  a three-month residency in Bavaria, Germany.

Solo Exhibitions

2017 Quinta Santa Luzia. Funchal,Madeira​.

2015 ‘Curious Things’, Art Eye Gallery, Johannesburg.South Africa.

​2012 ‘Thoughts in G Minor’, Everard Read, Cape Town.South Africa.

 Group Exhibitions

2017 ‘Ausstellung’.Hersbruk art Museum,Bavaria,Germany.

2017 Art Africa Art Fair.DF Contemporary.Cape Town,South Africa.

2016 ‘The Art of Luxury’.Saxon Hotel,(sponsored by Mercedes).Johannesburg,South Africa.

2016 ‘Effleurements’. Olivier Cornet Gallery,Dublin.Ireland.

​2016 Vue 2016, Art Fair at the RHA with the Olivier Cornet Gallery,Dublin.Ireland.

 2013 ‘Velvet’, National Arts Festival, South Africa.

 2013 ‘Tom Waits For No Man’, National Arts Festival, South Africa.

​2011 ‘Self’ Portrait 2011′, Rust en Vrede Gallery,Durbanville.South Africa.

 2011 Jan Cilliers-Artspace, Johannesburg, South Africa.

 2010 ‘Viewpoints to the everyday’, Miele Gallery, Johannesburg.South Africa.

​2010 Jan Cilliers-Artspace, Johannesburg, South Africa.

 2010 ‘Threshold’, Everard Read, Cape Town.South Africa.

 2010 Knysa Fine Art Gallery, Knysa, South Africa.

 2009 ‘Sex, Power, Money’, Everard Read, Cape Town.South Africa.

 2007 ‘Out of Bounds’, Everard Read, Cape Town.South Africa.

 2005 Strydom Gallery, George & Francois Du Toit Fine Art of Knysna.South Africa.

​2002 The Mall Galleries of London, UK.


2017 – Quinta Santa Luzia,Funchal,Madeira

 2016 – Cil Rialig Famine Village,Co Kerry,Ireland

2016 – Alt-Schule, Hohenstein, Bavaria,Germany

2013 / 2014 – Swatch Art Peace Hotel. Shanghai,China


2013 ‘Outstanding Portraits’, South Africa

2012 Top 50 finalist in Blind Donkey Art Prize, Milan, Italy

2012 National BP Portrait Award – nominated for Second Round, London.UK

2012 SASOL New Signatures Finalist, Pretoria, South Africa

2011 Manifest International Painting Annual 2 Finalist, Cincinatti, Ohio.USA

2011 Charlatan Ink Prize semi-finalist, New York, USA

2010 Creative quarterly 22 & 23 Fine Art winner, New York, USA

2008 SANLAM Vuleka Award finalist, Cape Town, South Africa

2007 Artwork accepted into the National Heritage Collection, 

          parliament buildings, Pretoria, South Africa

2006 SANLAM Vuleka Award finalist. 

         Best painting in oil, acrylic or watercolour award.Pretoria.South Africa

2005 SASOL New Signatures finalist, Pretoria, South Africa

2002 ‘Not the Turner Prize’ Finalist, London, UK

1994 Best Student Award, Association of Illustrators, UK

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