42 x 32 in. (106.7 x 81.3 cm)
Framed: 49 x 39 in. (124.5 x 99.1 cm)
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
This portrait of Bill Gray, the first African-American Congressman to chair the powerful and partisan House Budget Committee, presents him against a neutral background, hand resting on a chair. The artist highlighted the subject’s face and hand, and added a dash of color in the boldly striped tie. Gray’s reputation as calm, cool, and collected is reflected in his steady gaze and solid, almost columnar stance.