February 25, 2017
This new body of paintings for Audrey Grant’s Open Eye Gallery Exhibition Award, presented at the Society of Scottish Artists Annual Exhibition in 2015, arises from the artist’s collaboration with Scottish Ballet in rehearsal at their studios in Tramway, Glasgow.
Since spring 2012 Grant has had privileged access to Scottish Ballet’s rehearsals, spending full days observing and drawing with pencil in sketchbooks the movement of the dancers. In the rehearsals Grant focused on trying to capture something of the energy and shape of the movement, looking at the dancers and not her drawings, building up networks of marks that would take the shape of recognisable bodies and movements. Taking inspiration from these drawings, Grant has created a new series of paintings focusing on the powerful and moving ballet premiered in Scotland at the 2016 Edinburgh International Festival – MC 14/22 (Ceci est mon corps), choreography by Angelin Preljocaj, and Christopher Hampson’s lyrical Cinderella.
MC 14/22 is a ballet for 12 male dancers and has been described as a hymn to the male body. The title is a biblical reference to the Last Supper, as told in Mark 14:22, in which Jesus says to the disciples, ‘Take, eat: this is my body’.
For more details and to view the exhibition go to the Open Eye Gallery website
July 8, 2016
New Paintings by Audrey Grant
14th September – 30th September 2016
Panter and Hall, 11-12 Pall Mall, London
View the E-Catalogue with introductory essay by Mathew Hall
June 13, 2016
Audrey Grant’s Nowhere, Beloved will world be within us and Blue Green selected for the prestigious Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, 13th June to 21 August 2016, a highlight of the British art calendar.
View the exhibition online
January 21, 2016
The Times, Scottish Edition, 18th January 2016, by Giles Sutherland
“…It’s been commonplace, over the past few decades, to hear various pronouncements about the ‘death of painting’. It’s clear, however, that such judgements are premature, and inaccurate. Certainly, on the evidence of this show, the craft and art of painting is very much alive….”
Read the full review here
“…Audrey Grant’s oil painting, showing a seated female figure against a disturbing yellow ground, takes its title from R.M. Rilke’s Seventh Duino Elegy ‘Nowhere, Beloved Will World Be But Within Us’ (Nirgends, Geliebte, wird Welt sein, als innen). Grant’s imagery somehow conveys the sense of Rilke’s words while avoiding literalism…”
W GORDON SMITH PAINTING AWARD EXHIBITION, Dovecot Gallery, Infirmary Street, Edinburgh, 12th – 30th January 2016
Read Susan Mansfield’s Scotland on Sunday article here
December 27, 2015
SOCIETY OF SCOTTISH ARTISTS ANNUAL EXHIBITION, The Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound, Edinburgh, 21st December 2015 – 18th January 2016
Read Duncan Macmillan’s Scotsman review here
RSA OPEN EXHIBITION, The Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound, Edinburgh, 28th November 2015 until 14 February 2016
November 29, 2015
Tim Cornwell with the latest from the Scottish Art Market, including Scottish women artists making an impact. Click here to read article. The Scottish Art News is published biannually by the Fleming-Wyfold Foundation, London.
August 12, 2015
Click here to read Duncan Macmillan’s review in the Scotsman on Saturday 22nd August 2015
Click here to read arts journalist Tim Cornwell’s review of Audrey Grant’s Solo Exhibition at the Union Gallery
Click here to read Alan McIntosh’s review Two Conversations about Change in the Broughton Spurtle
June 8, 2015
(“Mit allen Augen sieht die Kreatur das Offene” from the Eighth Elegy, Duino Elegies by Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), translation by Stephen Mitchell)
New Paintings, Mixed Media Works on Paper and Artist Books
07.08.15 – 05.09.15
Union Gallery, Edinburgh
A full colour catalogue with foreword by arts journalist and writer, Susan Mansfield to accompany the exhibition. Click here to view
January 4, 2015
The human figure is central in the work of Audrey Grant, but it has to fight to free itself from the paint………
(click to read full article at Homes & Interior Scotland)
July 6, 2014
Alison Auldjo, Director of the Union Gallery and Audrey Grant interviewed on 2/7/14 by Janice Forsyth on BBC Scotland Culture Studio to celebrate the 5th Anniversary Exhibition opening at the Union Gallery on Friday 4th July 2014