Gigi Rose Gray

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Gigi Rose Gray is an illustrator and fine artists born and raised in New York City. After receiving a BFA from Parsons New School of Design she moved to Los Angeles where she began collaborating with a variety of clients ranging from editorial, marketing to advertising. She works in mixed media, creating detailed graphite renderings which are then scanned, assembled and colored in photoshop, merging an analogue nostalgia with a digital aesthetic.

What was your latest book discovery? What are your favorite books of all time?

Lately I’ve been devouring Eve Babitz’s books. I’ve read Sex and Rage, Slow Days, Fast Company and just finished Eve’s Hollywood. Just recently I began A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor.
My favorite books of all time would have to be:
Cassandra at the Wedding by Dorothy Baker
Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham
The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles
Bastard out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison
Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
Miss Lonelyhearts / The Day of the Locust by Nathaniel West
The Ice Storm by Rick Moody
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Washington Square by Henry James
Bad Behavior by Mary Gaitskill

Most visited blogs, websites?

Jeremiah’s Vanishing NY
It’s Nice That
Life Magazine Archives

What apps do you use the most and why?

Radiooooo is a curated global musical time machine and therefore my favorite app in existence.
Co-Star because, ashamedly, I’ve succumbed to the societal pressure of cosmic and astrological guidance.
Google Maps because I’m perpetually lost.
Instagram because there’s no escaping that vortex of voyeurism. I’m a millennial afterall…
Notes because I write absolutely everything down for fear of forgetting.
Podcast: I almost exclusively listen to podcasts while working, the intellectual stimulation it provides helps me not to overthink what I’m making.

Whats currently on your playlist?

What records would you recommend to hear?

Marquee Moon by Television
Os Afros Sambos by Baden Powell
Violator by Depeche Mode
Ocean Rain by Echo and the Bunnymen
Studio Uno by Mina
Substance by Joy Division
Brigitte Fontaine Est… by Brigitte Fontaine
Transformer by Lou Reed
Aural Sculpture by the Stranglers
Replicas by Tubeway Army
Apiafo by Vaudou Game


Fresh movie finds? What films do you think everybody should watch?

Films are the biggest source of inspiration for my work. I’m mostly drawn to the composition, narratives and colors of films from the 1960’s-1970’s, which I often reference. However I’m a nuisance to watch movies with because I’m endlessly pressing pause to photograph the film stills.

Films everybody should watch are:

The Tempest by Paul Mazursky
The Conversation by Francis Ford Coppola
Le Bonheur by Agnes Varda
3 Women by Robert Altman
Blade Runner by Ridley Scott
8 1/2 by Federico Fellini
Paris, Texas by Wim Wenders
An Unmarried Woman by Paul Mazursky
The Man Who Fell to Earth by Nicolas Roeg
Les Biches by Claude Chabrol
Day for Night by Truffaut
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! by Pedro Almodovar
L’eclisse by Michelangelo Antonioni
Love in the Afternoon by Eric Rohmer
Contempt by Jean Luc Godard
Mon Oncle by Jacques Tati
Annie Hall by Woody Allen
Freaks by Tod Browning
Vertigo by Alfred Hitchcock
Barry Lyndon by Stanley Kubrick
A Woman Under the Influence by John Cassavetes
Now, Voyager by Irving Rapper
News from Home by Chantal Akerman
The Seventh Seal by Ingmar Bergman
The Women by George Cukor
To Sir, with Love by James Clavell

Radiooooo is a curated global musical time machine and therefore my favorite app in existence.

What tools do you use in your work?

Graphite, mechanical pencils
Tortillons blenders
Pan pastels
Photoshop / Illustrator
Cold Press cream drawing paper

What magazines / newspapers do you read regularly?

The New Yorker
NY Times (mostly online)

What are your favorite gadgets?

I don’t use many gadgets other than my computer, scanner and lightbox.


Gigi Rose Gray


Portrait image by © Paasha Motamedi