Edmund Ian Grant
“Art is remedy, poking and prodding the narcissism of censorship and the status quo of ‘ accepted’ thought.”
Edmund Ian Grant’s first foray into the arts occurred in the third grade; 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 and 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 thirty years. Grant’s distinctive figurative abstract expressionist style employs vivid imagination and innovative use of color. He lives and paints in the Napa Valley. His exhibitions include shows in many major USA cities including Los Angeles, Miami, Dallas, San Francisco and New York, and Internationally -- Milan, London, Monte Carlo, Florence, Venice, Tel Aviv and Paris. He has been represented by such galleries as the famed Vorpal Gallery of San Francisco and presently has representation in Manhattan, London and Berlin.
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 Art Museum of Chianciano in Tuscany. His 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. Grant’s artwork 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 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”.