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Artists Bio : Mary Grant

Mary Grant was born on 11 September 1971. She studied Fine Art Painting at Kingston University 1991-94. In 1992 she was short listed for the Natwest '90's Prize for Art. She won the Stanley Picker Travel Scholarship to New York in 1993. With a BA Hons and commendation for her thesis, Mary took an artist in residency at the Whitgift Public School in Surrey. Presently Mary Grant is based at Great Western Studios and is predominately known for her sepia paintings and landscapes. She lives in London with her husband, the sculptor Julian Wild, her son Gabriel, and Minnie Mouse, the Norwich terrier.

 

The landscape paintings derive from the artists' attempt to record and document the magic contained in a road journey. Her concerns are in capturing the fleeting glimpses of every day scenes, and revealing the potential and beauty of little incidental sign posts or electricity pylons. In general the work is concerned with the painterly nature of a snapshot taken whilst travelling. This then sets up an informality in the composition, which retains a fresh and immediate response to the ever changing landscape. Each piece is a visual reminder of how nature conspires and seduces. Mary works successfully on a grand scale, be it the magnificence of a mountain road or the seduction and menace of a deserted basketball court at dusk.

 

Marys work has been purchased for public collections such as the Glen Dimplex group and in the private collections of Ardal OHanlon, Paul McGann, Sir Peter Kenyon, Gary Kemp, Mick Hucknall and Miranda Richardson and throughout Europe, South Africa, Singapore and the USA.

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