Grayjay is the studio name and creative-based practice of artist Jamie Gray, based in Colorado. Gray has exhibited in the U.K. and U.S., been featured in international publications, and sold work to collectors in Australia, England, Europe, and U.SGray studied painting, photography, and textile design, and ultimately received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in graphic design. This educational foundation, plus time teaching and practicing design deeply underpins her aesthetic choices and making methods.

Gray's work is a novel mix of hard-edge abstraction, nuanced texture, minimalist motifs, and traditional craft-based techniques such as paper marbling, encaustic wax, woodworking, and gilding. Her conceptual direction and color palette is often inspired by the natural landscape in the places she's lived including the Rocky Mountains, Pacific Northwest, desert Southwest, and Great Plains. 

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 contemplative moments for the home that subtly reference some of the creative forces behind our natural world. The shapes I see in my environment — from pebbles to prairies, feathers to forests, mushrooms to mountains, crystals to clouds — provide me with a constant source of inspiration. Ultimately, I’m interested in creating a visual language based on geometric abstraction and pattern that offers multiple viewer interpretations while also revealing a common thread between the diverse subject matter.“

In addition to her fine art practice, in 2015 Gray established a jewelry design business with bespoke collections stocked in select art museum shops. On occasion, Gray also teaches color theory and design fundamentals and offers custom product styling services.

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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

  • Spark Gallery, Denver '22

  • 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 (an interior design boutique in Islington's high-end residential district) '17

  • Selected artist for Leyden Gallery's "Platform for Emerging Arts #15", '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 workshop leader, Cherry Pit '18-'19

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

  • Lecturer, NCSU College of Design, '11
     

EDUCATION

  • MFA, NCSU College of Design

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

  • Associate of Arts, Cottey College