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A glimpse behind the scenes. For all programme details, product launches, exhibitions, presentations and workshops scheduled please contact us for further information or alternatively follow Rachel on Instagram.

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MATTA FAIR

SOLO EXHIBITION

MARCH 2024

ITB BERLIN

SOLO EXHIBITION

MARCH 2025

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NAMIBIA S.E.A TOUR

SOLO EXHIBITION

2024/2025 (Tour TBC)

N O T A B L E   P A S T   E X H I B I T I O N S

Full details of Rachel Gray's past exhibitions and presentations may be available upon request.

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M A T T A   C O L L A B O R A T I O N   F O R   I T B   B E R L I N 

The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) will participate in the prominent travel trade exhibition ITB Berlin from 5 - 7 March 2024. The MATTA booth will feature a diverse and thrilling range of experiential tourism products spanning 3 states in Malaysia.

Our members and partners from the states of Perak, Sabah, and Selangor are eager to meet current and prospective customers looking for exceptional tourism products that provide a unique cultural, social, and educational experience for travellers. We will also be highlighting the many eco-tourism offerings that Malaysia is so famous for.

Ganneesh Ramaa, MATTA’s Vice President Inbound & Domestic says, “Our team this year is large, with our President Nigel Wong in attendance. Delegations from Perak, Sabah, and Selangor state tourism offices, along with 14 trade industry players from Malaysia will also be present.”

“We aim to showcase the various aspects of our destinations and highlight our capability to accommodate a wide range of visitors, travel preferences, and interests”, he added.

The MATTA “Sustainability Exchange” with the European Travel Agents’ and Tour Operators’ Associations (ECTAA), the Dutch Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (ANVR) and the German Travel Association (DRV) will be taking place on Day 2 (6 March 2024) of the show.

“MATTA and its partners, both local and regional, are taking the lead in pushing the sustainable tourism agenda in Malaysia (and in ASEAN) in line with UN Tourism Sustainable Development Goals. This Exchange will highlight some of the initiatives MATTA is rolling out to kickstart a private sector driven effort. The insights from our European counterparts gained through the Exchange will be of immense help in enriching our programs as well as developing tourism products to cater to the growing trend of travellers seeking more responsible tourism experiences when they visit Malaysia”, exclaimed Nigel Wong.

Mr. Erik Dresin, Secretary General of ECTAA (European Union), Mr. Frank Radstake, Director of ANVL (Netherlands), and Dr Martin Post, Speaker on Federal and European Politics & Cruise at DRV (Germany), will be leading the presentation and discussion.

Day 2 will also feature the launch of 4 paintings of endangered wildlife (one of them a 3x3 meter portrait of the Malayan Tiger) by digital artist Ms. Rachel Gray which is part of the MATTA Sustainable Tourism Project.

Rachel Gray, a British artist who specialises in wildlife portraiture, will be there in person to engage with visitors at the MATTA stand. She says "It is an absolute pleasure and an honour to be here, I am delighted to be continuing the collaboration with Nigel and MATTA at this great event (ITB Berlin 2024). This collection consists only of Malaysian Wildlife, including the majestic Malaysian Tiger. It's wonderful to see them (the wildlife) at the forefront”.

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Official merchandise to follow.

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M I N I S T R Y   O F   T O U R I S M ,   A R T S   &   C U  L T U R E   A N D  
M A T T A   C O L L A B O R A T I O N   F O R   W T M   L O N D O N 

"The collaboration with Rachel Gray is particularly important as we feel that Rachel’s work tells the perfect story of the beauty of Malaysia’s rich wildlife heritage that we are trying to save and sustain for the benefit of the generations to come but also for us all here and now." said Nigel Wong, the President of MATTA.

 

"This is also the first collaboration between MATTA and the British artist and we are proud of our close ties and the journey we are taking together towards a more sustainable future."

Mr. Nigel Wong, President of MATTA

(Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents)

"Known and loved for our rich biodiversity, especially from the European market, this initiative is hoped to bring further awareness of Malaysia’s ecotourism products and sustainable tourism, apart from supporting the local communities and their conservation efforts. This is also in line with our focus to promote Malaysia as the Top-of-the-Mind Ecotourism Destination of the World,." 

 

YBhg. Dato’ Roslan Tan Sri Abdul Rahman, Secretary General of Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia

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Q U E E N   E L I Z A B E T H   I I   P L A T I N U M   J U B I L E E  
C E L E B R A T I O N S   W I T H  B R I T I S H   H I G H   C O M M I S S I O N 

A solo exhibition at the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee celebrations with the British High Commission, held at Sime Darby’s International Gallery, Kuala Lumpur. This collection consisted of portraits of endangered and critically endangered wildlife from Malaysia and across the Commonwealth. It was created to display and celebrate the borderless animal kingdom of the Commonwealth.

 

Rachel had the great honour of exhibiting her wildlife portraits at this highly prestigious event, during which she was given the opportunity to meet Her Royal Highness Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah of Malaysia and discuss her portraits with her. Rachel was blown away by the opportunity and took great delight when Her Majesty expressed interest in her work and the exhibition. 

 

This exhibition was in collaboration with the British High Commission with the aim of raising awareness of critically endangered animals throughout Malaysia and beyond. This unique collection included many portraits of the Malaysian Tiger, Proboscis Monkey, Orangutang, Kingfisher, Panda, African Painted Wild Dog, Giraffe, Cheetah and many more. For more information regarding Rachel’s work or up and coming exhibitions, please contact us.

EXPO 2020 DUBAI TV FEATURE FULL VIDEO
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E X P O   2 0 2 0   D U B A I   B E L O W   T H E   C A N O P Y

(2021/2022)

Below the Canopy is a collection of portraits by British artist Rachel Gray in collaboration with the Malaysian Ministry of Plantations and Commodities, EXPO 2020 Dubai Malaysian Pavilion and the Malaysia Green Technology Corporation. Rachel is very grateful to have received the support of many sponsors and patrons including world leading US software company Corel Painter and Ms. Read, a Malaysian apparel company, catering to all shapes and sizes of women today. 

 

The Below the Canopy collection is being exhibited from 1st October 2021 to 31st March 2022 at EXPO 2020 Dubai. The collection was also shown at the British High Commission for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) “Together for Our Planet” event held in Malaysia in November 2021. 

 

The core aim of the collection is to raise awareness of critically endangered animals in Malaysia. Rachel will also be attending Expo 2020 Dubai to give a series of talks on her work, wildlife photography, and portraiture, women in the creative sector and entrepreneurship. These talks will take place from 7th to 12th February. Tickets will be available at the Malaysia Pavillion, Expo 2020 Dubai.  

For the official Below The Canopy merchandise featuring the all of the collection exhibited please click

PLAYED EVERY 45MINS AT MALAYSIAN PAVILION FOR THE DURATION OF EXPO 2020 DUBAI
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T O G E T H E R   F O R   O U R   P L A N E T   C O P 2 6

"It is truly remarkable how British artist Rachel Gray captures the essence and presence of wildlife through her art, celebrating their uniqueness and beauty and underlining the importance of protecting these diverse endangered species. She brings them to life, and helps to show us the importance of conserving our precious and vulnerable ecosystem in a hugely impactful way."

 

Mr. Charles Hay MVO, British High Commissioner to Malaysia

The collection exhibited at the “Together For Our Planet” COP26 British High Commission to Malaysia dinner and event were created by artist Rachel Gray. On display are a diverse selection of her wildlife portraits. This collection also includes pieces from her latest collection “BELOW THE CANOPY”, being shown in the Malaysia pavilion at EXPO 2020 DUBAI (2021 - 2022).

 

Her collection, in collaboration with the British High Commission, includes many endangered and critically endangered animals, with a strong focus on Malaysian Wildlife. From the majestic Malayan Tiger to the mesmerising Orangutang, her works aim to raise awareness of the incredible creatures we share this planet with. 

 

Rachel’s work strives to bring animals to the forefront, they aspire to give the viewer a moment, shared with each animal, via digital art. Rachel has traveled extensively to experience these magical moments with the animals she paints, hoping to capture some aspect of these majestic creatures on canvas. She only uses her own wildlife photography as a reference and her works can take anywhere from 80 to 250 hours to paint.

 

For more details about digital art click             , for Rachel’s past interviews click.           and for further information regarding future collaborations please contact her directly 

(These photographs don't do them justice, plus are 3 x 8 foot each.)
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P O R T R A I T S   O F   N A M I B I A   W I T H   N A M I B I A   H I G H   C O M M I S S I O N 

A solo exhibition touring Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia and Namibia.

"Portraits of Namibia" is a two part collaboration, a solo wildlife photogrpahy tour as well as a South East Asia solo exhibtion tour. I had the once and a life time wildlife tour of Namibia, an awe-inspiring tour around Namibia taking my wildlife photography in order to paint a new collection of portraits back at the studio.

 

This programme promotes Namibia as a tourist destination via "Portraits of Namibia" as well as raising awareness of the absolutely stunning but rare and endangered wildlife of Namibia. 

DUE TO COVID CIRCUMSTANCES,
EXHIBITION TOUR DATES TBC 2023/24
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A LOCCO and Rachel Gray collaboration, bringing a Live stream interview. Check out the Facebook Live interview on the left - I thoroughly enjoyed it and hope you do too!

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A two year exhibition with the Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur, showcasing Rachel Gray's wildlife portraits and abstract oil paintings.

 

In addition, co-founding the "Emerging Artist Gallery", giving professional Artist's the opportunity and platform to grow and exhibit at luxury level.

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H R H   Q U E E N   E L I Z A B E T H  I I   C O M M O N W E A L T H C A N O P Y  W I T H  B R I T I S H  H I G H   C O M M I S S I O N

It is a true honour to solely exhibit representing Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II Commonwealth Canopy at the British High Commission Queen's Birthday celebrations in Malaysia.

 

A solo exhibition of my wildlife portraits, all of the portraits focused on Malaysian wildlife including many endangered and critically endangered species. 

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N A T I O N A L   A R T   G A L L E R Y   M A L A Y S I A 

I N S T I N C T   &   E X P E R I E N C E S

It’s as real achievement for Rachel Gray to be the first British female solo artist to exhibit in Malaysia’s National Visual Arts Gallery, particularly in this special year as the gallery marks its 60th anniversary. The historic Malaysian-British relationship is one of modern partnership and mutual respect. Exhibitions like these demonstrate how we can enrich both of our cultures in the spirit of collaboration. I hope that the artistic exchange embodied in today’s exhibition is something that will continue to flourish in both Malaysia and the UK

   Mr David Thomas,

Deputy British High Commissioner to Malaysia

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W W F   S A V I N G   W I L D   L I V E S   C H A R I T Y  
E X H I B I T I O N 

"Captivating many were the incredibly realistic digital paintings by Rachel Gray, a Briton who has travelled extensively across Southeast Asia to photograph wildlife.

 

The imagery she captured inspires her animal portraits. Displayed at the show were pieces depicting a panda, lion, zebra and a pair of giraffes." 

 

 Mr. Jermey Tan, The Star Newspaper

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