Malcolm Bray was born in 1958 in Hull, England and immigrated to the United States in May 1984. He became a citizen of the United States in June 2005, and is currently a resident of Hunterdon County, New Jersey.
Bray attended Hull College of Art for a brief period in 1977. A natural draftsman with an affinity for painting, his initial interests encompassed graphic design, silk-screen printing and oil painting. Amidst a depressed and uncertain economy in England he chose to leave the foundation course preferring employment in Hull and then working in London before traveling to the United States for the first time in 1980.
Eventually, gaining employment in the leather business, Bray settled in New Hope, Pennsylvania where he gained a one person exhibition at Nora Lewis Gallery in 1985. Soon to be self-employed, he supported himself by operating an antique import business for the next two decades - essentially bypassing any formal training. He is considered self-taught.
In 1991, Bray moved to the historic Spoke Works building in Lambertville, a late 19th century warehouse that accommodated both his import business and art studio. He purchased the building in 1994 and continues to paint from this location.
Between 1994 and 2002 this setting became the venue for numerous art exhibitions. Bray has also curated a series of annual shows that catered to many local and regional artists. The group, known as New Eclectic, displayed at MCS Gallery, Easton, Pennsylvania in 2003 and West Chester University, Pennsylvania in 2004. In the spring of 2004, Bray sold his import business to concentrate on his art career full-time.
Described as a late bloomer, Bray's personal brand, his transatlantic oeuvre - is characterized as belonging to a branch of Abstract Expressionism. Over the course of his career, he has drawn inspiration in particular from Picasso, Pollock and de Kooning.
Bray has been represented by Cheryl Hazan in New York, Burnt Mills Gallery and Ruth Morpeth in New Jersey and was included in the 2011 summer exhibit Fifteen Modern and Contemporary Artists at Spanierman Gallery, New York.
2014 OFF THE WALL, Bray Studio, Lambertville NJ
2012 Scapa: Bray Studio, Lambertville NJ 2010 NE. Corridor: Burnt Mills Gallery, Bernardsville NJ 2010 Room Service: Cheryl Hazan, New York NY 2009 Sporting a Wit Chandelier: Burnt Mills Gallery, Bernardsville NJ 2009 Natural Light: Bray Studio, Lambertville NJ 2008 Between the Lines: Cheryl Hazan, New York NY 2007 New Paintings and Works on Paper: Bray Studio, Lambertville NJ 2006 New Works: Cheryl Hazan, New York NY 2005 New Paintings – Sculpture by Barry Snyder: Gallery 31 North, Glen Gardner NJ 2005 Works on Paper and Recent Paintings: Bray Studio, Lambertville NJ
GALLERY AND SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2014 June Selections: Spanierman Modern, New York NY
2013 Summer Selections: Spanierman Modern, New York NY
2013 ArtHamptons: Bridgehampton, NY
2011 Fifteen Modern and Contemporary Artists: Spanierman Gallery, New York NY 2011 XYZ Artists: Cheryl Hazan, New York NY 2010 A Different View: Coryell Gallery, Lambertville NJ 2009 The Real - The Abstract - The Art of Hunterdon County: Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission,Prallsville Mills, Stockton NJ
2009 6 Masters of New Jersey: Kean University, Union NJ 2009 Spring Sequence: Cheryl Hazan, New York NY 2008 The 8th Annual Red Show: Cheryl Hazan, New York NY 2008 Contemporary Art and Antiques: Gallery 31 North, Glen Gardner NJ 2006 Spring Contemporary: Morpeth Gallery, Hopewell NJ 2005 Fifth Annual Red Show: Cheryl Hazan, New York NY 2005 Group Exhibition: Morpeth Gallery, Hopewell NJ 2005 Inaugural Exhibit: Omega Muse, Joseph P. Melvin Company, Independence Advisors, Wayne PA 2005 New Currents: Cheryl Hazan, New York NY 2005 Form/Inform: Bucks Gallery of Fine Art, Newtown PA 2004 Gallery Artist’s Autumn Exhibit: Bucks Gallery of Fine Art, Newtown PA 2004 AAF: Contemporary Art Fair, Cheryl Hazan, New York NY 2004 Nonrep: Mixed Media Gallery, Doylestown PA 2004 The New Eclectic: West Chester University, Philadelphia PA 2003 The New Eclectic: MCS Gallery, Easton PA 2003 Artists of the River Towns: Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia PA 2002 Three-person Abstraction: MCS Gallery, Easton PA 2002 Up the River Now: The Gallery at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Princeton NJ 2002 Three-person Figurative: Rodger LaPelle Gallery, Philadelphia PA 2001 Apropos: Bray Studio, Lambertville NJ 2000 Kentemperere 2000: Bray Studio, Lambertville NJ 1999 Safety in Numbers: Bray Studio, Lambertville NJ 1998 Six New Jersey Artists: DeLann Gallery, Plainsboro NJ 1998 Inside Out: Bray Studio, Lambertville NJ 1993 Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA 1993 The American Scene: Riverrun Gallery, Lambertville NJ 1992 Annual Juried Show: Phillips Mill, New Hope PA 1990 Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA 1986 Solo Exhibition: Golden Door Gallery: New Hope PA 1986 Festival for the Arts: Lambertville, NJ (1st Prize; Painting Category) 1985 Festival for the Arts: New Hope PA (Gallery’s Choice) 1985 Sympathetic Landscapes - Solo Exhibit: Nora Lewis Gallery, New Hope PA
REVIEWS - ARTICLES - PUBLICATIONS
2012 Scapa: Catalogue foreword by Gary Snyder - Bucks Digital Printing 2010 NE. Corridor: Catalogue essay by Harry Georgeson - Blurb Publications 2010 Room Service: Catalogue - Blurb Publications 2010 Art in America: February - pg 24 2009 Sporting a Wit Chandelier: Catalogue - Blurb Publications 2008 Metropolitan Home: June Special Collector's Issue - pg 172 2003 "A Dazzling Collection of Influential and Influenced" by Kenneth J. Endick,The ExpressTimes, Easton PA 2002 "MCS Show an Artistic Improvisation on Canvas" by Tony Sienzant, The Express Times, Easton PA 2002 "Abstracts beckon at MCS Gallery" by Geoff Gehman, The Morning Call, Allentown PA 2002 "Artists of the River Towns" by Doris Brandes, River Arts Press - pg 20 2001 "Apropos Art Show is Worth the Year Long Wait" by Kenneth J. Endick, The Express Times, Easton PA 2000 "Old English Pine show ends year with Magic" by Kenneth J. Endick, The Express Times, Easton PA 1999 "Safety in Numbers pays off Fifteenfold" by Kenneth J. Endick, The Express Times, Easton PA 1998 "From a One-Man Jury, an Annual Show" by Nicole Plett, U.S. 1, Princeton NJ 1998 "Making an Impression" by Kenneth J. Endick, The Express Times, Easton PA