Mary Grant

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Mary Grant studied Fine Art Painting at Kingston University 1991-94. In 1992 she was shortlisted for the Natwest 90’s Prize for Art. She won the Stanley Picker Travel Scholarship to New York in 1993. In 1994 she took and Artist in Residence position at the Whitgift Public School in Surrey. Her Solo Show at Buckley Fine Art , Co Cork in 2009 was opened by the artist Graham Crowley. Mary lives in a wood in East Sussex with her husband, the sculptor, Julian Wild, ( and her sons, Conrad and Rex. Mary’s small landscape was accepted for the 183 Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin May 2013 and in December 2013, Mary completed an artist in residence at the Cill Rialaig Art Project, Ballinskelligs, South West Kerry, Ireland. 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 the larger works she attempts to conjure up a frenzy of atmosphere and light and heights, bounced back and forth from the force from the trees, stars ,and rocky shores. More recent paintings are of a nocturnal nature . Largely due to living in a wood Mary is exploring the silent magic and promise of the forest and fields after dark. There is an informality in the composition which retains a fresh and immediate response to the every changing landscape. Each piece is about seduction, a response and reflection, entering into a dialogue with the surrounding landscape .Mary works successfully on a grand scale, be it the magnificence of a Munroe or the seduction and menace of a deserted basketball court in Clapham Common at dusk or a public lido at night when people have left. Many artists can paint only one subject but Mary’s themes are wider, roads, lakes, forests, cityscapes and skies . There are references to Gerhart Richter and Casper David Frederick, but equally Mary is inspired by the music that she listens to in the log cabin studio on the farm. She has a horse and she rides out with her box of watercolours and camera to gather references for works on the Ashdown Forest. Invariably the title of the painting is that of a track title or a line from a song. Mary sees no difference between being inspired by a visual or musical artist if it makes your painting and your soul grow. Mary’s work has been purchased for public collections such as the Glen Dimplex Group, Kensington and Chelsea Museums and Galleries and in the private collections of Ardal O’Hanlon, Paul McGann, Sir Peter Kenyon, Gary Kemp, Mick Hucknall, Miranda Richardson and Lord Robert Baden-Powell and other collections throughout Europe, South Africa, Singapore and the USA.