Larry Gray Statement

“I can’t recall ever having wanted to be anything but an artist. I became a ‘professional’ at the age of 7, when the older kids on the school bus started paying me to draw pictures for them.”
—Larry Gray


During the last 30 years artist Larry Gray has made a name for himself as a nationally recognized painter with almost 60 solo exhibitions across the country, from Seattle to San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and Atlanta. Gray moved to Pisgah Forest in 1997.

Mr. Gray studied at the University of Georgia and Yale University before becoming a professor at Humboldt State University in California. His work is featured in the permanent collections of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Chicago Art Institute, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, among others.

Mr. Gray uses oil on canvas as well as pigment powder on paper to create atmospherics dealing with time, light, and space. His work reflects a profound reverence for the natural world, especially the southern highlands where he has made his home for the last 9 years.

He alternates his days between painting and meticulously photographing and cataloging the plant life of a particularly unspoiled area of backcountry in the Blue Ridge accompanied by “Eubie”, his faithful companion of many years.


The Haen Gallery takes great pleasure in presenting the stunning oil paintings of Larry Gray. This is his first solo show in the Asheville area. We believe his work truly reflects the character and sensibilities of our wonderful region.