“’Check Out’, This artwork is part of a project I have entitled, ‘Cheetah Views’. This group name is a play on words reflecting the animal’s own diminishing view as their environment decreases and our view of the cheetah’s tragic demise. The magnificent, charismatic Cheetah, the world’s fastest land animal, is now deemed to be dangerously close to extinction. In my lifetime, the cheetah population has dropped approximately 80%, to a mere 6 or 7 thousand today. In the last 15 years, I have painted close to 100 of these beautiful cats. My focus on the present series is slightly different from the rest, in that these works explore camouflage and vulnerability. Broad and angular brushstrokes indicate fragmentation of the species as it’s population continues to decline. The collection displays the natural camouflage these animals possess for concealing themselves as well as their current fading situation.”
Peter Gray is a multi-award winning arist. He was burn in Zimbabwe in 1950 and sold his first artwork when he was 12 years old. Living near the Hwange National Park and a stone’s throw from the Matobo Hills National Park, Peter grew up with a passion for these wilderness areas that became the nurturing ground for his career as an artist. Peter was educated at the University of Cape Town’s, Michaelis School of Fine Art and furthered his studies in gemology, jewelry design, copper plate and seal engraving.
In 1973, he moved to London, setting up home and studio. From this location, he opened and operated a fine-art business trading in the UK, USA and Zimbabwe. During this time, Peter took on commissioned portraits and participated in a number of group exhibitions in and around London.
In 1983, he relocated to Zimbabwe and established studios, a workshop, foundry and gallery producing and selling bronze and silver sculpture, paintings, commissioned jewelry and object d’art. Currently, he lives in Cape Town, South Africa with his family and. works form his studio in the Silvermine Nature Reserve. His exceptional artworks feature among collections of art enthusiasts, museums, galleries, corporations and nature lovers worldwide.