MALCOLM BRAY
    One North Johnston Ave, Hamilton NJ 08609    

BIOGRAPHY

 

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.

 

RESUME

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

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 Express Times, 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

 

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