The astonishing creativity of Sean Gray has its beginnings in terrifying destruction. After the trauma, involving his family home in the Cayman Islands ravaged by Hurricane Ivan, Sean became an elective mute. His artist sister Anne-Marie saw that encouraging him to express himself through painting could be the therapy to bring Sean back from his silence.
With Anne-Marie’s encouragement the artworks began to flow, and Sean began to speak again. Soon Sean was producing joyful, colour-rich pictures, inspired by the vibrant life and landscape of his home.
Sean’s latest series Splattered Rainbow reveals his love of colour and hue. Rainbows are common in the Cayman Islands, and the brightest shades of the spectrum can be seen in the animals, flowers and buildings of Sean’s homeland. Sean’s strong Christian faith is the centre of his life, and this too is evident in his lucid, positive painting style.
Sean and Anne–Marie have recently collaborated on work displayed in the Student Gallery, Norwich University College of the Arts, and Sean is now firmly focused on future artistic opportunities such as Heart and Sold.