Philip Gray's passion for art is equalled only by his passion for exploration and discovery. Not for him a tranquil day spent painting in his studio; rather he is a man of action, interacting fully with the natural world that he portrays. His 'extreme art', painted in unexpected, often dangerous locations, has won him a unique reputation as an artist and adventurer; Everest base Camp, 60 feet beneath the surface of shark infested waters, the rainforest of Borneo, deep in the caves and atop the volcanoes of Iceland, …his expeditions are legendary, and his innovative artwork has won him a unique position in the international art world.
“I have a great love of the sea, born out of experiencing the joy and freedom of the ocean wave, above and below the surface. I spent 17 years as an Irish navy diver. I still feel that as I lean over the side of a ship heading towards a new destination and distant horizon that the ocean is speaking to me with a thousand words and a thousand visions.”