Engravings and woodcuts
I am a printmaker interested in representational imagery. I create highly detailed woodcuts and engravings. My work is inspired by the past – my own past, that of my region, and that of printmaking itself as an artistic medium. I view my prints as an extension of - an improvement upon - drawing.
M. Alexander Gray (Alex) grew up in Alexandria, Virginia. He took an interest in visual things from young age. Some of his earliest memories involve his enthusiasm for photos and illustrations in National Geographic magazine and his attempts to trace them. In elementary school he enjoyed collaborating on drawings with his friends and would seek to imitate what he liked about their drawing styles. Alex attended the art school at Virginia Commonwealth University but completed his education at the Corcoran College of Art and Design. At the Corcoran he found a fine art program that emphasized concept development over skill-building; regardless he owes a great deal to his studies at that institution. He is especially grateful for the hours he spent in the Corcoran's printmaking studios, as well as their figure drawing and painting classes. Since mid-2013, Alex has dedicated himself to working on his art full-time. He has exhibited at galleries not only in the DC area but also nationally, and received numerous awards and recognitions. In 2014, he began working at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia. He gets great enjoyment from exploring the countryside of Virginia and Maryland, documenting places and landscapes which form the inspiration for his prints. He looks forward to pursuing his vocation as an artist.