Artist Fred captures Chelston's life in lockdown

Torbay Weekly

Local artist Fred Gray has captured life during lockdown in a special exhibition.

“Chelston in Lockdown – A sleeping Beauty”. is on show at Torre Abbey.

Fred was awarded a TDA grant on the  'Create To Recover'  platform in 2020.  The project was to paint a series of studies of the buildings of Chelston  from Belle Epoque to Terraced Housing.  All were inspired by his enforced walks during the first lockdown.

Prints showing the stages of the work and the final work were shown in  local shop
windows and then in an exhibition in the Artizan Gallery.

The second part of Fred's work is 'Torbay In Rude Health'  comprises several large paintings completed after the first lockdown ended and other paintings of the area preceding the pandemic.

Fred lives locally and earned his living as an artist largely in films and television.

Film work has ranged from hundreds of large scale landscapes and cityscape backdrops to Art

House film projects which include “Landgirls”, Hilary and Jackie”, being the hands of Gertler in the

film ”Carrington”, large sets of watercolours for “Ladies in Lavender” and a huge collection of

over 120 backdrops of townscapes, landscapes and skies for Aardman

Animations films “Wallace and Gromit, the curse of the Wererabbit”, and then “A matter of Loaf

and Death”.

He also taught visualisations to post graduate design students at the National film and

Television School.

Despite busy schedules in his commercial work, Fred always continued to paint and exhibit in one and two man shows in the West Country; plus one man show in The Upper Street gallery London.

He also showed at Bradford Print Biennale, in the singer Friedlander Sunday Times Water Colour competition; RWEA; RBSA;and Ikon Galleries plus galleries in Wales and Bristol.

More recently he has had two shows of work based on Travels in India at Artique in Tetbury and Bodelaire House in Hurst. Since moving to South Devon his local landscapes have been show in galleries around the area including Brownston; Davidson and Artizan Galleries. His work is now held in collections in America, England, Germany and Israel.

His show will now run in the Abbey until September 26.