Gris presents a curated experience of colour, and a contemporary approach to mineral paint. The French word for grey – a tonal field that is singular, whilst paradoxically containing multitudes – Gris paints are available in an exclusively monochrome palette, each shade drawn from the diverse interests and pared-back aesthetic of the founder Liz Michael.
Michael began Gris following a 30 year career as a make up artist in London, New York and Paris. When unable to find the perfect grey-white shade for her space, she determined to blend her own. Years later, she discovered mineral paint and the idea to develop a brand was born.
For Michael, Gris would become both the culmination of a lifetime of work and the continuation of it. Driven by a desire to create a product that met her own tastes, Michael has applied her language of colour and texture to an entirely new discipline. Her experience of light, colour and staging and her passion for contemporary art and architecture, come together thoughtfully in the brand’s minimalist colour range.
Gris has three signature colour series: Nordic, Architectural and Inky. Each range distinct in depth, tonality and inspiration: from the singular palettes of contemporary artists Daniel Levine and Quentin Morris, to the greys of brutalist structures, the work of modernist master Le Corbusier, the inky dyes and blue workwear of Japan and the evocative haze of Nordic light.
Inspired by art and architecture, rooted in a respect for nature. Gris paints are free of synthetic binders, solvents and acrylics and coloured with earth oxide pigments. The depth of colour achievable with earth oxides and the special bonding process of mineral paint creates an entirely unique finish which is UV stable and doesn’t fade. The durability and longevity of mineral paint is unlike conventional paint as the microcrystalline bond creates a longer lasting coating as the paint becomes an integral part of the substrate.
Gris paints are exclusively produced in the UK with Keim, the world leaders and pioneers of mineral paint. Gris paints are natureplus certified and are completely sustainable products. The natureplus eco-label is the only European environmental certification for building products that is founded on strict scientific criteria.
Gris mineral paints are preservative free and exclusively made to order.
Liz Michael has been a make up artist for over 30 years, working in fashion, beauty and film. Beginning her career in London, then New York where she lived and worked for 20 years, later moving to work in Paris. Her work has been seen in numerous international publications including Vogue, Bazaar, Interview magazine and The Face, while working alongside with some of the worlds leading photographers. She has consulted for major cosmetic companies and worked on international beauty campaigns.
She applies her minimalist and considered approach to colour to create a modernist paint brand.