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 Jack Lorimer Gray  (1927 - 1981)

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Lived/Active: New York/Nova Scotia / Canada      Known for: ship, harbor, maritime activity

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BIOGRAPHY for Jack Gray
1927 (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

New York/Nova Scotia / Canada

circa 1967

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ship, harbor, maritime activity

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Jack Lorimer Gray, 1927-1981, was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia to Scottish parents. His talents as an artist were spotted by E. Wyly Grier while Gray was still a child. He attended the Nova Scotia College of Art for one year, but left to work on fishing boats. He was an excellent sailor, which is reflected in his paintings of fishermen, boats, and the piers and buildings of the waterfront. 

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The following additional information was submitted in July of 2006 by John Gray:

1947-1954 Jack and his first wife lived in Nova Scotia; their son was born in 1953.  During this time the artist created numerous watercolors and works on canvas, sharing a  rustic studio with Joseph Purcell in the summer of 1947.

1955-1959 Living in New York City, where he created the New York Harbor collection. Some of the paintings were sold at the time, and the remaining dozen or so were eventually made into reproductions.

1959-1961 Living in Winterport, Maine, he did some of his best work.

1961-1965 Living in Halifax, Nova Scotia; his first marriage fails during this time.

1966-1981 Living aboard boats in Palm Beach, he exhibits on Worth Avenue.

After the failure of his first marriage, he married again and had another son.

An avid sailor, he owned  ca.11 boats  during his life time.

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