For your consideration, a large vintage circa 1950's watercolor by the listed California artist Gladys Gray (b. 1908). The naturalist floral arrangement is noteworthy for its elegant modernist aesthetics in which a palette of mauve, blue, and shades of gray-green predominate. The painting is in excellent vintage condition and measures 29” x 21” (matted, no glass), framed 36” x 8”. Gladys Gray was born in Truckee, California, on May 28, 1908. A native Californian, she was raised in a family of artists on a cattle ranch. She spent her summers in the Truckee-Tahoe area. She was married to Stanton Gray, former instructor at California State Polytechnic College. She studied watercolor with Eliot O’Hara, Harold Forgostein, and Phil Paradise and took design with Jean Ames and Millard Sheets. In the 1950s she studied with Rex Brandt in San Luis Obispo. She helped found the Central Coast Watercolor Society and is also a member of the National Watercolor Society. In 1977, she helped form the Central Coast Watercolor Society. Gladys Gray was a member of the National Watercolor Society. Both she and her husband were patrons of the Art Center, and donated generously to construction and maintenance of the Gray Wing-named in their honor.
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