Trained as an architect, Lucas Gray's drawings exploring light, depth and geometric forms through abstract cross hatching layers. Each series of drawings differs with their focus - some being more free form while others experiment with geometric shapes, color, or positive vs negative space. The individual drawings can stand alone or be displayed together, combining many smaller works to develop a larger composition.
With his installation work, Lucas explores ideas of public space and human interaction. These range from street seats (parklets), creative signage and wayfinding, to sculptures and public art. Each project responds to the context, both physical and cultural, in order to have local meaning and make the city more human focused and livable.
Lucas has a Bachelor of Architecture from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon. He has served on the Alberta Main Street design committee, is a leader within the American Institute of Architects, was a board member of AIA Portland and AIA Oregon, has volunteered for Architecture for Humanity, and is the founder of the architecture blog Talkitect.com. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Portland State University, teaching an introduction to architectural drawing studio, and a guest design critic at the University of Oregon. Along with Lucas’s focus on architecture, art and the built environment he enjoys exploring the natural wonder of the Pacific Northwest and is a regular supporter of the Portland Timbers.
His work has been displayed at galleries and exhibitions from Berlin to Portland. One of his drawing series is part of the permanent collection at Portland Community College and his installations have been featured at temporary festivals and as permanent public installations around the city.
If you are interested in learning more about Lucas's work, his design process, or commissioning or purchasing work you can contact him here.