Gray M.C.A celebrates & promotes the beauty, innovation & style of fashion illustration, artist’s textiles & design from the mid 20th century to the present day.
Original Fashion Illustration
Gray M.C.A is recognised as being the international leader in the specialist art field of original Fashion Illustration. The gallery focuses on the original artworks by the 20th century masters of fashion illustration including Carl ‘Eric’ Erickson, Christian Bérard, René Bouché, René Gruau, Antonio Lopez and Kenneth Paul Block and contemporary masters, Bil Donovan, Jason Brooks, Gladys Perint Palmer, Steven Stipelman and Ali Mahdavi; artists whose works have graced the front covers and pages of the leading fashion journals worldwide from Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, W Magazine and Elle to The New York Times, The Times of London and Women’s Wear Daily. These original artworks highlight the elegance, poise and beauty of fashion through the brushstrokes of the masters of fashion interpretation.
Gray M.C.A curates the internationally acclaimed exhibition Drawing on Style in Mayfair, London during London Fashion Week. The exhibition is a key art event in the Fine Art and fashion calendar highlighting the most influential and important fashion illustrators of this highly evocative and important art genre. A series of exhibition talks and masterclass programmes are held during the Drawing on Style exhibitions to further advance the reputation of fashion illustration. In addition, Gray M.C.A exhibits bi-annually in New York at exhibitions including Master Drawings New York.
Modern Artist Textiles
Gray M.C.A sources the rarest and most important examples of Modern Artist Textiles designed by the modern masters working at the forefront of the art world in post war Europe; including Ben Nicholson, Henry Moore, Pablo Picasso, John Piper, Elisabeth Frink, Keith Vaughan and William Scott. With particular emphasis on the original textiles from the Ascher Studio and Alistair Morton’s Edinburgh Weavers, David Whitehead Ltd, Liberty, Heal Fabrics and Sanderson & Sons Ltd. Modern Artist Textiles are a vital creative pillar in the story of Modern and Contemporary Art and a key element of the wider works of the great modern masters of the 20th century. Alongside Modern Artist Textiles, Gray M.C.A also specialises in modern textiles from the USA including Bloomcraft and Fuller Fabrics, the WPA work under President Roosevelt along with rare textiles from Vienna's Wiener Werkstätte.
Styled by Design, an exhibition celebrating the textile works of the Modern masters of the 20th century and those following in their tradition is held reguarly in London and Bath. Gray M.C.A is invited to collaborate with leading galleries including New Art Centre and Messums Wiltshire.
Gray M.C.A focuses on unique sculpture and design from the mid 20th Century to the modern day. From original textile designs for couture to pattern papers and rare wallpaper designs for Curwen Press and drawings from the Wiener Werkstätte, Gray M.C.A celebrates the best of modern design.
Gray M.C.A Bath opened in June 2018 at 5 Margaret's Buildings, Bath, BA1 2LP. Exhibitions are held throughout the year and the internationally acclaimed shows Drawing on Style and Styled by Design transfer to Gray M.C.A Bath following London and New York exhibitions.
Gray M.C.A exhibits through out the year at international art fairs in London, New York and Palm Beach. Please see the exhibition page for further details.
From 2021 Gray M.C.A will be exhibiting in London as a member of the exclusive Cromwell Place.
Lecture Programme & Talks
A dedicated Lecture Programme is available offering a unique insight into the history of Fashion Illustration & Artist Textiles.
Fashion Illustration - Lecture Titles Include:
Post War Fashion Illustration - A Genre Rediscovered
The Masters of Fashion Illustration - Yesterday & Today
Drawing on Style
The Beauty of Fashion Interpretation
The Art of Dior
Curated by Connie Gray
"Connie Gray Fashion Curator at Gray M.C.A. is recognised as the leading specialist on fashion illustration; leading the way in bringing the beauty of this art form into the light. Gray M.C.A's annual exhibition ‘Drawing on Style’ is acclaimed as a triumph by the international press. Connie's lecture ‘Post War Fashion Illustration - A Genre Rediscovered’ vividly introduced us to the giants of the period who influenced a generation through the pages of Vogue and Harpers Bazaar and revealed why these elegant works are a vital addition to any serious collection of art”.
The Lecture Club, London
Artist’s Textiles - Lecture Titles Include:
Modern British Painters of the 20th Century & Their Influence on Contemporary Art
Post War Textile Visionaries of Modern Art
Artists Textiles Today
Modern & Contemporary Art - What Does It All Mean?
Curated by Ashley Gray
"Ashley Gray of Gray MCA's 2016 BADA Lecture "The Post War Textile Visionaries of Modern Art" was a tour de force! It was the most anticipated and best attended lecture. His vivid depiction of the importance of the 1950’s & 60’s commissions from Edinburgh Weavers and Ascher from the giants of Modernism was a revelation. No wonder collectors world wide are hunting down these rare and stunning gems of the era.”
Marco Forgione, Chief Executive, BADA
Vetting, Judging & Advisory Roles
Gray M.C.A is regularly represented on Vetting Committees and Judging panels.
Gray M.C.A sits on the Advisory Board of the Frances Neady Collection at FIT, New York and The Documenting Fashion Research Forum at The Courtuald Institute of Art.