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Chris Gray
Southwest Harbor, Maine

Chris Gray is an artist and musician hailing from Southwest Harbor, Maine. As an artist, his passion is for landscape and portrait painting in oils. His art has been shown in galleries from Southwest Harbor to Brunswick, and hangs in private collections from Maine to Texas and Istanbul.

Great Highland Bagpipes, the Uilleann pipes, and Irish whistles, in addition to being an accomplished percussionist. He has recorded and produced three albums, Piob More (2010), Ceol As Corcaigh (2011), and Août Gris (2014), which are available at www.mdipiper.com. Chris has performed for numerous events and venues in New England and Ireland, including the Acadian World Congress, the Maine Celtic Celebration, the Saltwater Festival, and the O’Riada Revisited festival in Cork, Ireland. Chris has a BA in Music and Visual Arts from Bowdoin College, a Diploma in Irish Traditional Music, and an MA in Ethnomusicology from University College Cork, Ireland.


“Born and raised on the coast of Maine, and surrounded by Acadia National Park, I have always had a deep fascination with edges: edge of land, edge of storm, edge of day. These intense intersections, these meetings of extremes - of land and sea, storm and clear, day and night - give rise to such spectacular and yet fleeting beauty, evoking both the timeless and the transient, as well as the temporal cyclicality that unites these extremes of existence. The coastline comes alive at the point where it greets the sea, and the evening sky is set alight by departing storm clouds. Through my paintings, I endeavor to capture the power and beauty of these moments at the edges of Acadia and Ireland.”


“My work with portraiture is an invaluable counterpoint to my landscapes painting. While the landscape offers the opportunity to work with broad strokes, to step back and focus on the grandeur of the larger scene, portraits enable me to become absorbed in the intricate details of the face, that landscape of experience, thought, memory, and the site of human interaction. While this focus may seem more confined, the face reflects a richness and depth of experience and emotion that rivals the scope of the landscape. For each person, the face holds countless stories, stories hinted at with the subtlest glint of an eye, or a twist of the mouth, and suggestive of those deep moments of joy, sadness, love, and humor that comprise each of us. It is this depth, and these stories, that I seek to capture in my portraits.”


Email: mdipiper@gmail.com
Phone: (207) 266-7890
Website: www.mdipiper.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chrisgraycelticmusic

Samples of Chris's work:

"Belfast Bagpipe" -
oil on canvas

"Johanna" -
oil on canvas

"Wonderland Sunset I" -
oil on canvas

"Wonderland Sunset III" -
oil on canvas
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