Having won an Antonio Lopez memorial competition, Richard Gray’s work was spotted by Anna Piaggi who commissioned Gray whilst he was still a fashion student at Middlesex Polytechnic to make drawings for her pages in Vogue Italia and for the Eighties avant garde magazine Vanity.
With the ability to portray differing styles of fashion illustration, Gray demonstrates his distinct versitility in capturing broad looks and eras of style and delivering them through his unique perspective. His technique is very intricate and detailed, but the composition and choice of subject keeps it within the realm of illustration, but combines realism and illustrative images.
Since then Gray has collaborated with some of Fashion’s biggest names including Agent Provocateur and Givenchy as well as stars from the Entertainment Industry such as Kylie Minogue and Britney Spears. He has illustrated the couture shows for The Observer and The Independent and his work has been used, amongst others, by a host of Vogue titles, V Magazine and Madame Figaro.
The signature thing about Gray's illustrations is the polygonal aspect in which he treats his characters and the way that lines and shapes break up and balance the composition perfectly. Everything fits into place so well, he's a master at working from realist pencil to expressionist-style shapes and proportions, then creating something that combines both. His exotic and explosive use of colour is also something a lot of illustrators find difficult to do, something that can be likened to the photo montages of Matt Maitland