Edmund Ian Grant
Edmund Ian Grant
EDMUND was born in 1950 and at ten years of age declared, to the bewilderment of his parents,that he wanted to be a visual artist. However, it all began at age seven, the Henri Mancini theme song for Peter Gunn, an American TV show, captured Grant’s attention. It was the songs’ iconic alto saxophone solo which convinced him to play that woodwind; he continued this pursuit through his collegiate years eventually becoming an artist, a working musician while never letting go of his dream of becoming a painter. After a long hiatus for a professional career of Dentistry, in the mid 1980s, Grant pursued the visual arts and taught himself to paint. Presently, he is an internationally collected, award winning artist who lives and paints in the Napa Valley. His extensive exhibitions over the last 30 years include shows in many USA cities including Los Angeles, Miami, Dallas, San Francisco and New York, and International cities – Florence, Milan, Monte Carlo, Tel Aviv, Venice, London and Paris. He has exhibited along with some of the world’s top galleries at many prestigious art fairs including The LA Art Show, Art Aspen, Art Monaco, Concept Art Fair-Miami during Art Basel week and Art on Paper 2019 during Armory art week in New York City. Among his numerous awards is the Leonardo Award, First Prize in Painting, the top honor at the International Biennale of Chianciano 2015 in Tuscany and most recently, Second Prize in Painting at the London Art Biennale 2019. His work is in numerous catalogues, art books and publications including a critical essay by world-renowned art historian and art critic Edward Lucie-Smith. Robert P. Metzger PhD. art critic, art historian and former 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 Edward Lucie-Smith calls Grant’s work “ powerful “. Edmund has gallery representation in Manhattan, London and Berlin.
Curator Review: Enchanted Forest
Vibrant and graceful, this beautiful painting of illuminated creatures and plants reaches out to the viewer with bold outlines and equating tones. Grant’s superbly composed work is quite lively and organic in feeling, and weaves an underlying current of mystery and intrigue into the viewers mind with its shadows and undulating forms. The captivating essence of an ’Enchanted Forest’ has most certainly been consummated here.
- E.E. Jacks