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Featured Artist Garry Grant

Garry Grant

Garry Grant, a native of Detroit, Michigan is a New York based artist who approaches his monumental paintings with purposefulness, passion and intensity. His creative process and his trademark guiding involve methods and techniques that he perfected while restoring frames and antiques. Grant began his career as a figurative artist but has concentrated on abstract painting for the last decade, focusing more on innovative materials and color than narrative or subject matter.
Using gold, silver, and copper leaf for the underpinning of his large-scale works, he layers the variegated metals onto the canvas to create vibrancy and texture. Layers of handmade clay and gesso constitute the support of the canvas and are a part of the composition. Grant applies paint to the canvas with his hands rather than a brush and finishes the work with hand-painted brush highlights, a time consuming and meticulous process.
Grant counts among his many influences Sam Gilliam, Mark Rothko, Norman Lewis, and Al Loving, whose work he was exposed to at an early age. He often includes geometric shapes, vibrant color, and repetition as a way of conveying rhythm in his compositions. A major theme in Grant’s work is the nature of communication in modern society. His urban landscapes are inspired in part by the work of Diego Rivera, as reflected in Detroit Industrial Complex, a series about urban blight and decay in his hometown.
Grant attended the College for Creative Studies in Detroit where he studied graphic communication. He continued his studies in Atlanta, where he also worked as a framer. Grant has been based in New York since 2008, and works out of his East Harlem studio. His work is held in private collections and has been featured in solo and group exhibitions including Mason Murer Fine Art (2004), Carroll H. Simms National Art Competition and Exhibition at the African American Museum in Dallas, Texas (2007) and the Verge Art Fair NYC Annual Open Call Exhibition (2012).

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