Audrey Grant is an award winning painter who also experiments in drawing and mixed media. Her paintings often reflect the human experience in isolation, often devoid of context and frequently inspired by poetry and literature.
Grant’s current exhibition The Long Look – the making of a Portrait with the National Galleries of Scotland is on at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery until 27th October 2019. The Long Look is collaboration between Grant and the photographer/printmaker Norman McBeath. It explores the art of long durational portraiture beyond the conventional artist and sitter relationship, revealing what became a unique creative exchange. Grant created two long durational portraits of Norman and also the crime writer Val McDermid.
Her most recent painting exhibition, Des Meeres und der Liebe Wellen (The Waves of Sea and Love), in 2018, was her third solo show with Panter & Hall, London. It explored the myth of Hero and Leander, marking a significant development in her subject matter and painting practice towards a more conceptual approach. She is currently developing a new body of paintings and artist books about ‘Arcadia’ in response to JW Von Goethe’s Italian Journey (1776-1788). Grant’s work has been regularly selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London, and the Royal Scottish Academy, 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, the Tatha Gallery Prize in 2019 and the Open Eye Gallery Exhibition Prize in 2015 at the SSA Annual Open. She has recently been awarded an RSA Residency for Scotland to undertake research into a major new painting project – Morgenthau Plan for Creative Renewal at Cromarty Arts Trust in 2020.