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Meet Bruce Gray

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bruce Gray.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I moved to Boston in 1983, after finishing college at U Mass, Dartmouth, with a degree in Design. I worked in photography for about a year, then got a job as an art director at Allied Advertising Agency. I really enjoyed working there, but I had ideas of somehow making my own works.

I decided to go on a “soul searching” trip from Boston down to N Carolina to do windsurfing for a week and decide what to do. I kept extending the trip until I ended up in Mexico City, and then drove back to Boston and decided to move to Los Angeles and try to make art. In 1989 I moved to LA and started making things and trying to sell them. I bought a welder and taught myself to use it, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Please tell us about your art.
I make a wide variety works including giant objects, kinetic art, rolling ball machines, mobiles, stabiles, suspended magnet sculptures, found object assemblages, abstract sculptures, furniture, animals, robots, modern abstract paintings, musical sculptures, and much more. Most of my works are created in welded steel, aluminum, and stainless steel, but I also use woods, glass, paint, powder coating, and patinas.

I rarely draw a sculpture before building it. I like to be more spontaneous and figure out things during the building process. I tend to make works that speak for themselves, meaning they don’t have some deep message, but exist more for fun and just for the appreciation of the specific form. People constantly tell me that my work makes them smile every day and that for me, is an awesome accomplishment.

Choosing a creative or artistic path comes with many financial challenges. Any advice for those struggling to focus on their artwork due to financial concerns?
They say about 1 in 100 artists makes a living just off their art, so you should have a backup income source unless you enjoy suffering like I do. Teaching is the most common income for most artists I know. The art world is a very difficult place to navigate and survive. You really must want it badly to succeed.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My work is out there. You have probably already seen it many times on TV and in movies like Austin Powers, Starship Troopers, Sleeping with the Enemy, Color of Night, Rush Hour, Biker Boyz, Meet the Fockers, Ally McBeal, CSI, Seinfeld, The Bernie Mac Show, Six Feet Under, Shameless, Charmed, Entourage, Gene Simmons: Family Jewels, Party Down, Agents of SHIELD, etc.

I also have worked at many airports, universities, hospitals, hotels, and other public buildings around the world, and also in several museums as part of their permanent collections.

People can see tons of photos, videos, and all other details on my website.

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