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Lone House by Mary Grant


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Mary Grant

Mary Grant was born on 11 September 1971 and studied Fine Art Painting at Kingston University 1991-94.

In 1992 Grant was shortlisted for the first Natwest '90's Prize for Art. She won the Stanley Picker Travel Scholarship to New York in 1993. After graduating with a 2:1 BA Hons and commendation for her thesis, Mary took an artist in residency at the Whitgift Public School in Surrey.

Recently Grant has exhibited at the RHA annual exhibition and in 2013 she completed a residency at the Cill Rialaig arts centre in Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry.

Grant is based in London and is predominately known for her sepia paintings and landscapes. She lives in East Sussex with her husband, the sculptor Julian Wild and her children Conrad and Rex.

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. Grant 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.

Grantís work has been purchased for public collections such as the Glen Dimplex group and in the private collections of Ardal OíHanlon, Paul McGann, Sir Peter Kenyon, and Gary Kemp, to name a few.

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