Sculpture (6-works)

Todd  Gray Goodie
Goodie
Acrylic on wood
32 x 12 x 12 in
Todd  Gray Morp
Morp
Acrylic on wood
32 x 12 x 12 in
Todd  Gray Blork
Blork
Acrylic on wood
79 x 30 x 30 in
Todd  Gray Ethyl
Ethyl
Acrylic on wood
65 x 20 x 20 in
Todd  Gray Beatles Coffee Table
Beatles Coffee Table
Acrylic on wood with starphire glass
19 x 45 x 45 in
SOLD
Todd  Gray Schmilary
Schmilary
Acrylic on wood with glass
18.75 x 44 x 44 in
SOLD

Sculpture-wall (10-works)

Todd  Gray Gobsmacked
Gobsmacked
Acrylic on wood
96 x 56 x 14 in
Todd  Gray Ahava
Ahava
Acrylic on wood
44 x 44 x 3.25 in
Todd  Gray Amore
Amore
Acrylic on wood
24 x 24 in
Todd  Gray Joie de Vivre
Joie de Vivre
Acrylic on wood
36 x 26 x 3.25 in
Todd  Gray Marj
Marj
Acrylic on wood
27 x 30 x 14 in
Todd  Gray Wookie Too
Wookie Too
Acrylic on wood
12 x 23 x 13 in
Todd  Gray Yesterdaze small
Yesterdaze (small)
Acrylic on wood
15 x 12 x 3 in
Todd  Gray Zaba
Zaba
Acrylic on wood
28 x 23 x 11 in
Todd  Gray Flabbito
Flabbito
Acrylic on wood
47 x 51 x 12.5 in
SOLD
Todd  Gray Revolver
Revolver
Acrylic on wood
38 x 52 x 8.25 in
SOLD

Todd  Gray

Todd Gray

Todd Gray Biography

American b.1962

When Todd Gray was a child, his mother had him fill out a book that asked him to name his favorite book, food, etc. At the age of 6, he wrote down that his favorite color was “psychedelic.”

Todd points out that he was born in the heyday of the bright and bold visuals of pop and op art — and that aesthetic stuck with him.

If he meets someone at a party, he simply describes himself as “a contemporary pop artist who works three dimensionally.” But his sculptural assemblages of painted-wood boxes delve into the legacies of iconic artists from the 1960s. He combines Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s soup cans and Brillo pad boxes, Roy Lichtenstein’s comic-book graphics, Robert Indiana’s numbers, polka dots, stripes, and splats with today’s social-media culture of happy-face emojis and hashtags.

Todd, who has lived in Los Angeles most of his life, earned a degree in clinical psychology from UCLA and then traveled for a year.

“When I got back, I realized I didn’t want to listen to people’s problems for the rest of my life,” he says. “I did a lot of soul searching and decided to devote myself to something I enjoy. I concluded that being an artist was going to be my identity.

“I started painting on canvas,” he continues. “My work was very colorful, very opaque, and visually three-dimensional. I remember saying that one day my work would come off the canvas; and in no time at all, I started painting cubes for geometric sculptures.”

Whether he is making a wall sculpture, a tower, or a coffee table, Todd starts with the form, stacking boxes until he has something “balanced and pleasing to the eye.” At times, he draws upon a list of ideas he wants to pursue and makes the concept (e.g., Wonder Woman) fit the form.

“Fortunately, what I do has a broad range. I can make a small pedestal or a tower, build furniture or a playground. I look at the boxes as being five-sided canvases,” he says, pointing out that one side faces a wall, bottom surface, or side of another box. His smallest pieces fit on tables; the largest (with some 50 boxes) measures 12 feet wide. All are made with half-inch birch plywood.

Todd sources his boxes from himself. That is, he owns a cabinet company (his business and studio share a building), and he has staff and art assistants that relieve him of the labor of box construction, sanding, priming, and spray finishing, which frees him to create, paint, and assemble.

“I work on multiple pieces at a time,” he says. “As I have gotten older, I have learned how to delegate responsibilities so I can stay in the lane that supports what I do best. By doing less, I can do more.”

Todd says the best compliment is “for somebody to say my work is really smart.”

His greatest skill beyond art, he claims, is “overcoming chronic anxiety and living happily in this world on a daily basis.”

Todd Gray Description

Todd Gray Statement

I was born in the same year that pop art (as fine art) came into the spotlight of the world and their images have had profound effects on my life and my art. The clean lines, bright colors and powerful energy were very strong influences on me. I always loved the simplicity in which pop art communicates large ideas through the simplest of means. My canvas is simple geometric cubes…very similar to the ones I grew up playing with as a child. I paint with bold colors and clean lines, on simple geometric forms and combine them with powerful design and well thought out imagery. My intention is to create my own unique and recognizable visual language. Something that is not easy to do in today’s world.

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