Cleve Gray

Loretta Howard Gallery represents the estate of Cleve Gray. (b. 1918 - d. 2004)

Cleve Gray graduated Summa Cum Laude from Princeton University, where he studied painting and Far Eastern Art. Like many of his generation, he joined the United States Army during World War II, serving in England, France and Germany. After the war, he remained in Paris on the GI Bill, where he furthered his study of painting.

During the 1960s he formed a close friendship with Barnett Newman. It was during this time that he experienced an artistic metamorphosis, dissolving his earlier cubist compositions in a sea of distilled color. This dramatic body of work marked the beginning of an artistic meditation that would last for over 40 years. The rigors of French modernism, the ethos of Abstract Expressionism and the calligraphic restraint of eastern art commingle with astounding affect.

Gray has exhibited at a number of important institutions including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, The Brooklyn Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. The artist is also represented in a number of important public collections including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, The Brooklyn Museum, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Smithsonian, The Jewish Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Museum of Modern Art, The Newark Museum, The Phillips Collection, the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Conjunction 199
Conjunction #199
1976
Acrylic on canvas
60 x 60 inches

Fifth Triptych
Conjugation Fifth Triptych
1975
Acrylic on canvas
34 x 102 inches

Quietude
Quietude #2
1977
Acrylic on canvas
80 x 45 inches

The Queen's Gesture
The Queen's Gesture
2001
Acrylic on canvas
70 x 50 inches

Conjunction 98
Conjunction #98
1976
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 32 inches

Conjugation 130
Conjugation #130
1975
Acrylic on canvas
35 x 35 inches

Conjugation #3
Conjugation #3
1975
Acrylic on canvas
40 x 36 inches

Conjugation 27
Conjugation #27
1975
Acrylic on canvas
38 x 36 inches

Clash 14
Clash 14
2001
Acrylic on canvas
68 x 50 inches

Red Mountain
Red Mountain
Acrylic on canvas
48 1/2 inches x 60 1/2

Black + Yellow
Black + Yellow on Red
1977
Acrylic on canvas
26 x 38 inches

Nantucket Purple
Nantucket Purple
ca. 1976 - 1979
Acrylic on canvas
20 3/4 x 15 inches

Nantucket Bronze
Nantucket Bronze
ca. 1976 - 1979
Acrylic on canvas
25 x 12 inches

Each Other
Each Other
1979
Acrylic on canvas
107 x 69 inches

Cleve Gray
Waiting
1963
Oil on linen
82 x 55 inches

Cleve Gray
Hemera #2
1963
Oil on canvas
60 x 50 inches

Cleve Gray
Autunmal
1963
Oil on linen
60 x 40 inches

Silver Song
Silver Song
1967
Acrylic on canvas with aluminum paint and bronze
101 x 80 inches

Silver Spectre
Silver Spectre
1967
Acrylic on canvas with aluminum paint
82 x 50 inches