‘…while Audrey Grant’s Woman II, Woman V and Woman VII are images of women painted with a ferocity reminiscent of Willem de Kooning.’ Duncan MacMillan, The Scotsman, January 2021
Audrey Grant is an award-winning painter who also experiments in drawing and mixed media. Her. practice to date has been driven by my exploration of the act of painting, the materiality of paint and the painted surface. Grant’s work is underpinned by intellectual ideas derived from, and inspired by, poetry, literature anId philosophy.
In 2019 Grant had her first major exhibition in a public gallery: The Long Look / The Making of a Portrait with the National Galleries of Scotland. This was a collaboration with photographer Norman McBeath and author Val McDermid which explored long-durational portrait drawing beyond the conventional artist and sitter relationship revealing what became a unique creative exchange.
In September 2020 she had her fourth solo painting exhibition, Paradise, with Panter and Hall, London. This exhibition combined a recent group of paintings from my ‘Arcadia’ series, alongside a new cycle exploring concepts of ‘Desire’ via Eros the god of love. My exploration of Arcadia began with a series of new paintings, artists books and polaroids – Here is our Arcadia – first exhibited with the Tatha Gallery, Newport on Tay in 2019 inspired by JW Von Goethe’s Italian Journey (1776-1788). Her ‘Desire’ paintings were inspired by an essay from the poet and classicist Anne Carson called Eros the Bittersweet (Princeton University Press, 1986).
“… it’s good to see a bit more edgy, figurative work from artists such as Audrey Grant, who goes from strength to strength.” Giles Sutherland, The Times review of Flow at Visual Arts Scotland, December 2020
Grant’s work has regularly been selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London, and the Royal Scottish Academy (RSA), Society of Scottish Artists (SSA) and Visual Arts Scotland (VAS) Open exhibitions, Edinburgh. She won the W. Gordon Smith Award in 2018 and the Anne Redpath Award in 2013 at the VAS Open. At the SSA Open she was awarded the Tatha Gallery Exhibition Prize in 2019 (leading to the Arcadia exhibition) and the Open Eye Gallery Exhibition Prize in 2015 (leading to an exhibition of work – Ceci et mon corps – arising from a residency with Scottish Ballet).
In 2019 she was awarded an RSA Residency for Scotland, with the Cromarty Arts Trust, to undertake research into a major new project – Morgenthau Plan for Creative Renewal. This took place in March and April 2020 during the Covid-19 Pandemic lockdown. In 2020 she has been given an Award of Scottish Government Funding from the Creative Scotland Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development Programme for phase 2 of Morgenthau Plan for Creative Renewal to take place in 2021.