About the Artwork
|‘Reclining Nude I’ marks a turning point in Kevin Francis Gray’s practice as a sculptor. Moving away from figuration and classicism, the larger-than-life ‘Reclining Nude I’ steered his new body of work into an exploration of the materiality of marble. While her form echoes the reclining nude form well-known from the likes of Matisse, Gray is seeking to push the limits of the stone and contemporise ancient materials and stone-carving techniques. The result is an art historical trope that has been brought into the 21st century and invites the viewer to engage with the sculpture much more intimately, confidently and physically.
Photo © Nick Turpin, courtesy of Kevin Francis Gray Studio with support from Pace Gallery
96 x 215 x 73 cm
Kevin Francis Gray
Kevin Francis Gray (b. 1972, Northern Ireland) has developed a career working between London and Italy, focusing his most recent practice on pushing the boundaries of marble-sculpting. In the last two years alone, Gray has had several solo exhibitions (Pace NY; Armagh, Northern Ireland; Villa Santo Sospir, St Jean Cap Ferrat; Andersen's, Copenhagen) and has been invited to participate in a number of prominent group exhibitions (""The Naked Truth: the Nude in Irish Art"", Crawford Art Centre; ""On A Pedestal"", Dublin Castle; ""Shadowed Forms"", Andersen's Contemporary). He received his BA from the National College of Art & Design in Dublin (1995) and the School of Art Institute in Chicago (1996) before going on to earn his MA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College in London. He is represented by Pace Gallery (London & NY) and Andersen's Contemporary (Copenhagen).