With a sense of balance and fluidity imbued into every piece of work he creates, Phil Gray has gone on to be known as a designer of extraordinary works in wood, metal and on paper. Belonging to the Killerwhale Clan and working in the Tsimshian style, there is an otherworldly quality to Phil’s art that is immediately apparent in his masterful masks, panels, poles and sculptures.
The last decade has seen recognition towards Phil’s work steadily on the rise, beginning in 2003 when three of his pieces were donated to the Burke Museum in Seattle. In 2005, Phil was featured in the renowned Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 2 exhibit at the Museum of Art and Design in New York, followed by the a lucrative commission of sculptural works for Sonora Resort on Sonora Island, BC in 2007. That year proved to be an important one in Phil’s career as it also marked the completion of the Northwest Coast Jewelry Arts Program at the Native Education College in Vancouver, under the supervision of Kwakwaka’wakw/Haida artist Dan Wallace. Phil was also included in two major exhibitions dedicated to exploring innovative and experimental works from the Northwest Coast, with the second, Continuum: Vision and Creativity on the Northwest Coast at Vancouver’s Bill Reid Gallery, highlighting 23 established Aboriginal artists from British Columbia, Washington State and Alaska.