Kevin Francis Gray

Ghost Girl, sculpture by Kevin Francis Gray

Flipping through issue Y of Beautiful/Decay Magazine this past weekend at the Regulator Bookshop in Durham, North Carolina, I was struck by photographs of beautiful sculptures by an artist named Kevin Francis Gray. I jotted his name down in my memo tablet and promised myself I'd look him up when I got back to the Burgh.

Face-off, bronze, automotive paint, wood plith, by Kevin Francis Gray

Ghost Boy, fiber glass resin, crystal beads, automotive paint, wood, by Kevin Francis Gray

Goth Girl, fiber glass resin, crystal beads, automotive paint, wood, by Kevin Francis Gray

These teenage figures in contemporary clothes belonging to various subcultures are presented as neoclassical sculpture with a twist. Their stark silhouettes and pouring bead veils are haunting. The real twist though is revealed here beneath Ghost Girl's veil: