Citizen Grey creates conceptual works that address topics of global importance and universal themes intended to resonate with all citizens of humanity. Through extensive research, he examines world history, culture and society, science, literature, politics, technology, philosophy, symbolism and spirituality. Grey will spend upwards of two years compiling research for a single body of work.
Not unlike the dream process, Grey cultivates a studio practice where ideas are bombarded with a successive rotation of images, and clusters of information rapidly form to create visual narratives. As a result, each work materializes into a composite of coded memories that captures fragments of thought and moments in time. By using found imagery from the internet, magazines and books, and the artist’s own photographs, he constructs enigmatic dreamscapes that contain worlds within worlds that beg to be unraveled. Some of the collages are embellished with digital drawings, a process which allows him to build upon the surface while keeping the true meanings veiled. Printed on vellum, matte paper, or fabricated as acrylic plexiglas prints, Citizen Grey signs all works with a singular thumbprint.
Citizen Grey is a pseudonym which protects the artist’s identity. By remaining anonymous, the artist maintains a democratic approach to art making, one that is not restrained by race, creed, gender, socioeconomic class, culture or geographical boundaries. As a custodian of ideas, Citizen Grey allows the art to speak for itself through an unbiased lens.
Grey has completed graduate and undergraduate studies in Art History, with a concentration in Modern and Contemporary Art. Upon discovering that it was more rewarding to produce art rather than write about it, the artist submitted two works to a group show at Artist Space, New York, in 2007. They were accepted. Lacking a body of work or the required technical training, Grey then studied independently under distinguished art professors from Columbia, Pratt, and the Cleveland Institute of Art in order to become accomplished in the techniques of printmaking, video, photography and drawing for seven years. While still an emerging artist, Citizen Grey has placed work in the prominent collections of the writer, Dan Brown, and his wife Blythe and the collection of American fashion designer Kenneth Cole. The artist is based in Brooklyn, New York.