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Dust and Shadows: Londonessence by Ed Gray

Until Thursday 28 July 2016
Mezzanine Gallery

In a nutshell

An exhibition of paintings by London figurative painter Ed Gray. Gray’s work is an evolving exploration of the relationship between Londoners and their city.

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Inspired by his artistic hero 18th century London painter William Hogarth, Gray scours the city’s streets in search of the vast unknowable spirit of London, sketching an assortment of London characters as he goes. These fleeting moments are then reconfigured using chalk gathered from the Thames shore of his Rotherhithe home and layered with charcoal and acrylic paint. The resulting gritty narratives are filled with symbolism and mythology that speaks of London past and present. 

Highlights from this collection of paintings and prints include works inspired by Adoration paintings from the Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery which serve to reaffirm Gray’s belief in the city of London as a source of artistic inspiration and faith in humanity.

What to expect

The Open House at 6pm, Tues 5 July will feature a musical celebration of the many spirits of London to accompany Ed Gray’s Dust and Shadows: Londonessence


DJ’s playing a London soundtrack

Mike King Collective Soul and Gospel Choir

Blitz spirit from Viv the Spiv

The spirit of Ziggy Stardust from drag artist and performer Malaka Swanson

The spirit of Ed Gray’s London composed and performed by students from the London Centre of Contemporary Music accompanied by Burton Bradstock

Artist's Tours

Ed Gray will also be hosting Artist's Tours in which he talks about his work on the following dates:

Sat 9 July / 11am 

Sat 16 July / 11am

Who’s involved

Burton Bradstock

Musicians Burton Bradstock reimagine, revitalize and seek to generate a widespread renaissance in the traditional English song, drawing on elements of Jazz, classical, folk , pop and world music.

Mike King Collective

The Mike King Collective (MKC) is one of the UK's premier contemporary vocal groups combining soulful vocals, rich jazz harmonies and captivating performances.MKC has recorded for the BBC, performed on the West End stage and worked with some of the music industry’s biggest names including Mark Ronson, Florence + the Machine, Lily Allen and GRAMMY® world music artist Angelique Kidjo.

London Centre for Contemporary Music

London Centre for Contemporary Music is the UK’s top independent higher education college of music. It is the leading London Music School for UK Music Degrees and Courses in bass, composition, drums, guitar, piano, saxophone, singing, songwriting, studio production, trombone and trumpet.

What are people saying

'Ed Gray’s paintings are not still lives, but motion pictures. They are musicals; buzzing with jazz and the glorious accidental choreography of crowds.'  Robert Elms

‘Gray’s paintings explore the myriad facets of the bustling metropolis’ The Daily Telegraph

‘His work doesn’t seek to tame the city or freeze the teeming streets but unleashes all their kinetic wonder. These are not still lives but motion pictures. And if Ed paints movies to me they are musicals, buzzing with Jazz and the glorious accidental choreography of crowds’   Robert Elms

'MKC are a blast of immaculate timing, rhythm and vocal performances, the true impact of their enchanting presentation is almost impossible to put into words.'

Why does Rich Mix matter?

'It’s a unique platform for emerging artists from a diverse range artforms'

Find out more

Website: /

Twitter: @edgrayart / @gxgallery

Facebook: /gxgallery/edgrayart

Instagram: @edgrayart / @gxgallery

Things you should know

The Open House is on Tuesday 5 July at 6pm

This event is wheelchair accessible.