American, b. 1953
Gary Kret employs a monochromatic color palette within his DFS still-life paintings, resembling Japanese woodblock prints. Inspired by his Wife’s flower arrangements as they began to wither and eventually expire, Kret’s still-lifes become imbued with a life beyond the ordinary. The paintings represent the flower’s unique beauty while their existence becomes recorded in time. There is an ambiguous quality to the still-lifes, resembling that of the known world however with an element of abstraction.
Kret’s anthropomorphic sculptures, carved from maple and dyed with black aniline and wax finish, represent an exacerbated movement or action. Their simplicity is not only aesthetic value, but it also has a moral perception that looks into the nature of truth and reveals the inner qualities and essence of materials.
Gray Kret received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Master in Fine Arts from Yale University School of Art in New Haven, Connecticut. He currently lives and works in Chevy Chase, Maryland outside of Washington, District of Columbia.