Burton Gray wasn’t born with a pencil in his hand – he was given one by his mother, at age 4, to keep him quiet during church services and choir rehearsals.
A formal education, years of independent research, and 10,000 + figure drawings later Burton became a highly proficient oil painter. But once he began to photograph his large-scale paintings to paint over them digitally in order to try new colors, compositions and ideas he quickly saw the liberating potential of working in a purely digital medium. In 2005 he made the break from oil and made the move to exclusively painting digitally.
A pioneer in digital painting and the digital medium, he has developed a process and a style of art known as “Living Art,” a new method for art creation, art marketing, and art sales. It features art that an artist never “finishes,” but rather, he or she lives with and continually works on throughout his or her life, selling updated versions of paintings to art patrons on-line, in galleries and from one’s own studio.
Currently, Burton is known for his “Fantasia” style imagery that features colorful, ornately detailed imagery wrapped around a larger structure or body. Much of his work can be seen in various Spectrum annuals, while his ANIMAL series, a collection of painting that infuse classic portraiture styles with farm animals and pets can be seen in Comm Arts 2013 Illustration Annual. To date, his signature piece, “SKULL” brings flocks of admirers to the Burton Gray Studio, located in the Brewery Artist Complex, north of Downtown Los Angeles.
Burton Gray Living Edition prints are sold on line from his site: burtongray.com and local galleries feature works mounted on wood panels and coated in epoxy resin.