Mark David Gray works from his studio 420 S 1st, the heart of the arts district in Milwaukee. He's shown in regional venues from the Milwaukee Art Museum, West Bend Art Museum, Beloit College/ Wright Museum and the Kohler Art Center, permanent collection at The Iron Horse Hotel, Milwaukee’s premier boutique hotel destination, as well in New York, Stamford Ct., Minneapolis and Chicago. His focus on social issues that encourage healthy community connection, both inform and motivate his work and highlight certain notions found in popular history. His use of disparate nostalgic imagery creates dissonance in the viewers mind. Layered with social commentary, his work addresses presumed societal and religious dogmas and myths, while his unabashed use of bright colors help accentuate and bring to the surface the hidden dramas of communal interaction. His work also prods the viewer towards self-reflection and the possibilities of meaningful community beyond age, race, gender and position in society.