Born in 1974 in Anaheim, California, Cameron Gray lives and works in Los Angeles. Prior to his entrance into the L.A. art scene, Gray owned his own animation studio and worked as an Animation Director for films like Apocalypto, Underworld: Evolution, Sky Captain, the World of Tomorrow and multiple videos for the band, Tool.
In Gray’s most recent body of work, he addresses politics, religion, ideology, nature, commerce, media and the human propensity for violence with a set of photo-montages and paintings that are painstaking assemblages of “mini-tableaux,” cleverly put together to form magnificent portraits, landscapes and iconic subjects. He does this by employing a most unique method of digital, network manufacturing.
Cameron’s works begins as digital studies, which are divided into hundreds of small pieces. The photo-montage works are done in editions of 10; no two being exactly alike. To create his paintings, Cameron develops an idea and then chooses both personal images and photos he compiles from various public sites on the internet to complete his vision for the work. Each one of the images he selects plays a vital and thematic role in the depiction of the larger image. He then sends the photographs to a group of artists composed of personal associates, professional colleagues and Internet correspondents to paint small oil paintings of the photographs. Finally, Cameron assembles the “mini-tableaux” into remarkable works of art that resemble a kind of contemporary impressionism. By breaking the painting down into a grid of pixels, outsourcing the work and building each painting from several smaller paintings, Gray builds a virtual factory by way of the Internet to achieve his artistic intent.