Taz Gray (b.1981)
Lives and works in London.
BA (Hons) Textile Design, Chelsea College of Art, University of the Arts London, 2001-2004.
Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, Wimbledon School of Art, London, 2000-2001.
Taz Gray is an artist creating drawings on paper. Her main medium of choice is fineliner working predominantly on brown paper.
Taz started to explore drawing during summer 2019, squeezing in a bit of sketchbook work in between the day job, running her own art classes and family life. This hasn't changed much now but during the 2020 lockdown, the unusual period provided more time to develop her drawing style.
Taz spends time walking around exploring and taking in the urban, industrial landscape they're surrounded by in Upper Edmonton, where she lives with her husband and son.
Inspired by the 30s' architectural heritage and the many green spaces in the borough and neighbouring areas, Taz started a series of drawings of lesser-known places from her lockdown walks reflecting the shadows and silhouettes she saw. Before sketching, she uses photography to first capture forms, lines and structures that provoke a new way of looking.
When Taz isn't drawing
Taz has a close connection to her community in North London launching Tottenham Art Group in 2012 for like-minded locals to meet, discover and enjoy cultural activities within the borough. In 2014 this evolved into the ongoing Tottenham Art Classes where she provides people the opportunity to draw and create through the varied sessions and courses she organises. During the day, she manages the Administration of one of the MA Programmes at the Royal College of Art and prior to that she worked at Sotheby's Institute of Art.
With over 12 years professional experience of working in the arts, Taz enjoys the flexibility of being ad-hoc artist and isn’t sure where her drawing will lead. For now, she’s going to explore new narratives and continue her observational journey.