Charles LeDray was born in Seattle in 1960 and now lives and works in New York. He did not receive conventional artistic training; he began his career as a security guard at the Seattle Art Museum, then worked as an art handler for a private gallery where his first piece of work was selected for inclusion in a group show only hours before the opening.
Based in a small Manhattan studio, LeDray labours single-handedly for years on each new project. Working mainly with textiles and ceramics, he meticulously stitches and sews, glazes and throws all his work. Past works include two thousand unique miniature porcelain vessels, over three hundred little books and magazines and jewellery and buttons carved from human bone.
Recent solo exhibitions include Sperone Westwater Gallery, New York (2007 and 2003), Galerie Schmela, Düsseldorf (2004), Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2002), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (2003) and Seattle Art Museum (2003). He has also had work in many group exhibitions, including most recently: Clothesline: Art, Clothing, Identity, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe (2005); Past Presence: Childhood and Memory, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2005) and Rapture: art’s seduction by fashion since 1970, Barbican Art Gallery, London (2002). LeDray has also won several awards and has work in many collections including New York’s Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney; The Denver Art Museum; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.