And so he gradually developed the style which has so enamoured the art world. What makes him stand out from his peers is his thought provoking fusion of classical and contemporary styles. Little, in terms of technique, separates him from the methods of the old masters.
Working often in marble (itself an increasingly unusual choice for a contemporary sculptor), a notoriously difficult and time consuming stone to shape, he eschews the use of laser cutting or other machines and chips away by hand.
Perhaps it was this powerful combination of classical methods and contemporary themes that helped him acclimatise to sculpting in Italy, where he worked with artisans who created sculptures for the Vatican.
Gray has become known for his remarkably haunting veiled and hooded figures, often dark and never superficial. “It’s what lies beneath that fascinates me,” he says.
His most unique work? Possibly developing the face of the mirror man in the 2012 film, ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ (who tells the evil queen she is not the fairest in the land) Following a long tradition of artists working in cinema, the collaboration with the film’s creative talents was remarkably effective.
McWilliam, Vallely and Gray. An artistic connection that has its origins in a beautiful shared landscape and rich cultural heritage.