Artist Spotlight: Percy Gray

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Percy Gray was an American artist known for his landscape and still life paintings. Born 1869 in San Francisco, California, Gray became a prominent figure in the California plein air movement. He studied at the California School of Design and later taught there as well.


Gray’s artwork often depicted the natural beauty of California, particularly its coastal and mountainous landscapes. He had a keen eye for capturing the interplay of light and shadow in his paintings, showcasing a strong sense of atmosphere and mood. Gray’s brushwork was characterized by loose, impressionistic strokes that conveyed a sense of spontaneity and vitality.


Percy Gray, Eucalyptus Trees along the Wooden Fence.
Percy Gray (American, 1869–1952), Eucalyptus Trees along the Wooden Fence, 1920, watercolor, 9.75″ x 13.5″.
Sold: $5,985

Path to the Foothills captures the serene beauty of nature with its delicate brushstrokes and vibrant hues. The way Gray skillfully portrays the winding path leading through the foothills is simply mesmerizing. Gray’s mastery of watercolor shines through in this piece, as he effortlessly captures the essence of the Californian landscape with lush foliage and distant mountains.


Percy Gray, <em>Path to the Foothills</em>.
Percy Gray (American, 1869–1952), Path to the Foothills, 1921, watercolor, 13.75″ x 10.5″.
Sold: $6,300

Throughout his career, Gray exhibited his works extensively — both locally and nationally. He was a member of various art societies, including the Bohemian Club and the California Art Club. Today, Percy Gray’s paintings can be found in private collections and museums, contributing to the legacy of California Impressionism.


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