We are so.close. And I want to start introducing you to the badasses involved in our grand opening.
First up, Gray Malin.Stone.Cold.Fox. The cig was a prop for a mad-men series he did. Who would risk damaging that beautiful face with smoke?
Gray is from Texas. Dallas- not Houston- but I won’t hold it against him. I actually went to boarding school with Gray for a year, and reconnected with him recently after my friend Melanie met him in LA.Gray and his husband at their recent nup-shalls.
And NOW we are so thrilled that Gray is going to be the first artist in our gallery series. Every four weeks (or so) we will feature the work of a different artist for the month. We will have a gallery opening party for each showing, and we are really looking forward to being introduced to- and introducing all of you- to the work of some amazingly talented people.
So here is GRAY!
Bailey: How and when did you first become interested in photography?
Gray: My Sophomore year of high school I went to a prep school in Connecticut. It’s actually where I met Bailey. When I was there I randomly took a pottery class which happened to be across the hall from the photography classroom. One day I decided to poke my head in and since no one was present, I wandered into the darkroom and became incredibly curious. When I returned to Texas for my Junior year of high school I immediately signed up for a Black and White Photography Class.
G: At first it was all Practice, practice, practice. However I quickly started to excel at a rapid pace and realized it was more than just a hobby, but a talent. I went to college at Emerson in Boston and majored in Marketing and minored in Photography. Even though I loved photography, I took up an internship in film marketing my Junior year which eventually landed my very first job in Los Angeles working for the President of Paramount Pictures. After a year that closely mimicked the film, The Devil Wears Prada I internally knew I had to leave and give my one true love in life a chance: photography. So, at the bottom of the economy in 2008, I left my job to start a fine-art photography business and my parents basically told me I was being totally unrealistic (which I was). BUT, I found my way and decided to take out a booth at the popular Melrose/Fairfax West Hollywood flea market. Every Sunday I manned my booth with matted prints and successfully caught the attention of interior designers, celebrities, gallery owners, and everyday Angelenos alike who attend the swap meet weekly. Within one year I made a connection at the market who eventually led me to the fabulous home decor website, One Kings Lane. Six months later I re-branded my business under Maison Gray merging my two greatest passions, photography and the home.
B: How do you come up with your series?
G: Prada Marfa started with a dream- I woke up with a vision of a mule next the Prada art installation and it made me crack up– I knew I had to bring it to life. My beach series started when I stayed 30 floors above a gigantic hotel swimming pool in Las Vegas. Carefully observing the vibrant, swarming scene of people below- I instantly had a vision.
G: Jeff and I met in the middle of Commonwealth Avenue in Boston during the Boston Marathon. I was a Sophomore in College and Jeff had recently graduated from Boston University. I can’t believe this was almost 7 years ago. I am a lucky, lucky man.
G: There is a lot brewing so stayed tuned. One exciting thing I can share is I will be shooting the A la Plage, A la Piscine series in Asia and Africa this coming February. After this trip, I will only have one continent left: Antartica (and it’s so gonna happen).
G: I cannot begin to tell you all how excited I am. For one, it’s the opening of an amazing new home store that will be stunning from floor to ceiling. For two, it’s my very first major showing in my home state, Texas! The opening cannot come soon enough and I hope to meet many Peppermint Bliss readers when I am there.
If you would like to receive info on our monthly gallery showings, or if you would like a chance to meet Gray at our grand opening party please email Store@Biscuit-Home.com and introduce yourself. We will send some lucky readers a highly coveted, top-secret invite.
No, but seriously, we will.