Edmund Ian Grant Biography:
Edmund Ian Grant’s first foray into the arts occurred in the third grade. It was the theme song for the TV show Peter Gunn with its saxophone solo that got his attention. His dream was born; to be able to play that solo and live his life as an artist. He began playing the saxophone at seven and continued through his collegiate years studying and playing Jazz. After a long hiatus for a professional career of Dentistry, in the mid 1980s, Grant pursued the visual arts and taught himself to paint. At first, his paintings centered on his musical avocation but soon his characters evolved into an artistic metaphor for life, the work grew more universal and allegoric as he transformed the imagery and emerged as a storyteller. Presently, Edmund is an internationally collected, award-winning artist who has been immersed in his craft for nearly thirty years. He lives and paints in the Napa Valley at his Art Villa nestled in the Soda Canyon. His extensive exhibitions include shows in many major USA cities including Los Angeles, Miami, Dallas and New York, and internationally -- Milan, London, Monte Carlo, Florence Venice, Tel Aviv and Paris. He has been represented by such galleries as the Vorpal Gallery of San Francisco and presently has representation in Manhattan and London. After his solo show Jazzland and Other Stories in June of 2013 held at the Napa Valley Museum in conjunction with famed jazz trumpeter Miles Davis artwork solo show, Art of Cool, Edmund received gallery representation in Manhattan. Among his numerous awards is the Leonardo Award, First Prize in painting, the top honor at the International Biennale of Chianciano 2015 held at the Chianciano Museum of Art in Tuscany. Edmund’s works have been exhibited at many prestigious art fairs, including The LA Art Show, Art Aspen, Art Monaco and Concept Art Fair-Miami during Art Basel week. Additionally, his work can be found in many publications including The Huffington Post, the juried German art book Internationale Kunst Haute both 2014 and 2015 and in the juried book American Art Collector 2011- 2017 editions. robert P. Metzger PhD. art historian, art critic and past Director Emeritus of the reading Museum of Pennsylvania experiences Grant’s work to be “...hauntingly compelling narrative paintings (which) are psychologically edgy and expressionistic...” while renowned art historian and art critic Edward Lucie-Smith calls Edmund a “ powerfully original visual artist”.
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