Grayjay is the studio name and creative-based practice of artist Jamie Gray. Over the past few decades Gray has exhibited in the United Kingdom and United States, been featured in international publications, and sold work to collectors in Australia, England, Europe and all across the USGray studied painting, photography, and textile design and ultimately received both a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in graphic design. An academic background and professional practice in design deeply underpins her aesthetic choices and making processes.

Gray's work had been described as both "geometric and primordial" and incorporates hard edge abstraction, nuanced textures and some traditional craft-based techniques (such as marbling, encaustic wax, woodworking, and gilding). Her visual motifs and color palette is often inspired by nature and the places she has lived including the Rocky Mountains, the Pacific Northwest, the desert Southwest, and Great Plains of the Midwest. 

ARTIST STATEMENT

“It is said that all life on earth is created from the matter of long-dead stars. Through my art, I'm interested in making quiet moments that represent some of the creative forces and visual patterns in our natural world. The shapes I see in my environment — such as mushrooms and mountains, crystals and clouds, feathers and forests, wood grain and cosmos — provide me with a constant source of inspiration. Ultimately, I’m interested in creating a graphic language of geometric abstraction that offers up a space for multiple viewer interpretations while also revealing a common visual connection between diverse subject matter.“

In addition to her ongoing fine art practice, in 2015 Gray established a successful jewelry design business with collections stocked in renowned art museum shops. On occasion, Gray teaches classes on color theory and design, and offers custom product styling services to fellow makers.

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PRESS

  • Featured artist in Saatchi Art's Spring '22 catalog

  • Interview with Jamie Gray, Cottey Alumna Featured Artist

  • Selected for Saatchi's 21 Artist to Collect in 2021 by curator Aurora Garrison

  • Selected for '100 Voices, 100 artists' campaign, '20

  • Featured artist for curated collections at The Other Art Fair Dallas Online Studios, Spring '20

  • Artwork styled for Homes & Gardens magazine, 'Colour Theory' article, no. 4 vol. 97

  • Meet the Artist interview on Saatchi Art's Canvas blog

  • Jewelry featured IN Kansas City magazine, Sept '19

  • Interview and Q&A with artist Jamie Gray and Beco Gallery curator Elise Gagliardi

  • Interviewed on the KMOSTV "PBS: Making" series about Cherry Pit Collective, '19

  • Interview on why craft shows are important for small, creative business on Craftshowsuccess

  • Jewelry featured in The Peninsulist Magazine Spring '17 (Greenwich, UK)

  • Jewelry featured in UK Handmade showcase 'design-led online magazine' '17

  • Grayjay Studio's visual merchandising recognition at craft fairs, Folksy blog, '17

  • Jewelry featured in Molly Makes magazine '16 Summer Gift Guide, curated by Look Lane
     

SOLO & JOINT EXHIBITIONS

  • PEO Foundation Art Gallery, Cottey College. 'Paper Cosmos & Marble Storms', a solo exhibition of over 50 mixed media artworks 2017-2021. March 25-April 15, '21

  • Atlantic Aviation, main terminal, as part of ArtsKCgo program, Kansas City, Summer '20 

  • KCAC, Mallin Gallery. 'Cosmic Botany | Sacred Kingdoms' joint exhibition with Sara Sallitto, July 12th - Aug 9th, '19

  • The Palm Room, Linescapes, solo exhibitions, Seattle '04, '05

  • Artemis Gallery, joint exhibition with Todd Karam, Seattle '04
     

GROUP EXHIBITIONS & ART FAIRS

  • KCAC Gallery Studio Showcase, '20, '21

  • Venessa Lacy Gallery, Kansas City '20

  • Beco Gallery, Kansas City '19

  • The Bunker Art Center, Kansas City '19

  • Vulpes Bastille Gallery, Kansas City '19

  • Selected for a curated collection of international artists for Eden Roc Miami Beach Art hotel, curated by Saatchi Art's Chief Curator Rebecca Wilson, '18

  • 437CO Art Gallery, Grand Junction Colorado '18

  • Pulse Projects Gallery, Kansas City '18

  • In-Residence interior design boutique in Islington, London's high-end residential district '17

  • Selected for the "Platform for Emerging Arts #15", Leyden Gallery's artist program and gallery exhibition, '17

  • The Other Art Fair, London, '17

  • Le Dame Art Gallery, London '17

  • Selected artist for Artfinder at House and Garden Festival, London '16

  • Candid Arts Trust, London '14, '15

  • H & R Block ArtSpace, Kansas City '08

  • Selected for New and Hot in North Carolina, Lee Hansley Gallery, Raleigh '06 ​

STOCKISTS & CRAFT FAIRS

  • The Museum Shop at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City '18-'20, including limited edition necklaces for the Polly Apfelbaum exhibition, '19

  • Bespoke jewelry range custom made for The Royal Academy of Art museum shop, to coincide with the Abstract Expressionism exhibit '16

  • Vendor at Strawberry Swing at Union Station, Kansas City'18-'19

  • Vendor at various London UK craft fairs '15-17 including Renegade Craft, The London Artisan, Independent London at Boxpark Shoreditch, Urban Makers East, London Local Popup Shop, and Solo Craft Fair 

  • Small-batch order for We Built This City, an independent design-led shop located in the heart of London's West End, '17

  • Selected vendor at The London Design Festival '16, curated by Crafty Fox Market Brixton

  • Lotte Inch Gallery, York UK '15

  • Magpie Contemporary Art & Crafts, Surrey UK '15
     

STUDIO RESIDENCY

  • Kansas City Artists Coalition Artists Studios. Inaugural full-time studio resident, '19-'21

  • The Cherry Pit Collective KC, '18-'19
     

TEACHING

  • Adjunct Professor, Fine Arts & Design, Color Theory, JCCC '20-'21

  • Professional development workshops, Product photography & styling, Cherry Pit '18-'19

  • Assistant Professor, Graphic Design, Kansas City Art Institute '07-'12
     

EDUCATION

  • MFA, NCSU College of Design

  • Bachelor of Science in Design, ASU Herberger Institute for Design & the Arts

  • Associate of Arts, Cottey College