Gris is a progressive alternative to conventional paint and introduces a new concept of interior coatings. Born out of a love of interior architecture and contemporary art. Inspired by a minimalist approach to colour, the name Gris, reflects this exclusively monochrome palette of mineral paints.
Founded by make up artist Liz Michael who, when unsuccessful in searching for the perfect grey/white shade for her home, decided to blend her own colour. It wasn’t until years later after discovering mineral paint, that the idea came to develop a brand. A brand specifically designed to have a limited colour palette of monochrome shades. Driven by a desire to create a product that met her own tastes, she applies her language of colour and texture to an entirely different discipline.
A brand rooted in environmental consciousness. 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.
“The first time I saw a space painted with mineral paint it took my breath away. It seemed that the paint had become part of the wall, almost as if it were dyed. The texture being super matte, almost velvety, deeply rich, vibrant and light reflective”.
The collection. Three essential series. The Nordic Series comes from decades long love of Scandinavian design and inspired by Nordic light. Modernist and Brutalist architecture informs the Architectural Series. The Inky Series evokes a Japanese mood but is inspired by contemporary artists working in singular colours. Quentin Morris who has dedicated 50 years to working in black and Daniel Levine, monochrome painter who works exclusively in off-white, were inspirational in maintaining a singular vision.
Liz chose to work with Keim, the world leaders and pioneers of mineral paint, whose heritage dates back to 1878. Gris is a completely sustainable product and natureplus certified. The natureplus eco-label is the only European environmental label 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. 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 appeared in numerous international publications including Vogue, Bazaar, Interview magazine and The Face, working with some of the worlds top 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.