Audrey Grant at Panter and Hall, An Exploration of the Human and Elemental, Review by ARTLYST

September 15, 2018

Audrey Grant’s latest exhibition of paintings is drawn from Des Meeres der Liebe Wellen* (The Waves of Sea and Love) a piece by the 19th Century Austrian dramatist Franz Grillparzer.

Audrey allows the oil paint to do the work of the narrative. She creates a strong visual vocabulary and builds churning layers of light and depth. In these six paintings, the sea and tides become a metaphor for fluid emotion and the unforgiving power of nature.

They are a striking example of the artist’s exploration of both the human and elemental.
…Audrey’s exploration into literature complements the execution of her latest painting. Excerpts from the text are torturously spelt out on some of the surfaces, almost an homage to self-harming. The story of Hero and Leander provides a fertile and unfettered scope for all forms of technical experimentation.
Contiguous, there is a series of eight nudes ‘Le Figure a Nu.’ Each of these canvases is packed with an energetic force, almost metaphysical and lyrical in nature.

There is also a series of ten small conceptual oils called ‘Woman.’ These are primitive and explicit in their physical frankness and unashamed vigour. Combine this with Audrey’s tumultuous handling of paint and they rapidly transform into tiny radical expressionist effigies.

There is a strong sense from these most recent works that Audrey Grant is continually tearing down boundaries and taboos. She’s defining her own aesthetic by critical reflection, experimentation and progressive development…

To read Lisa Azarami’s full review for ARTLYST click here

Des Meeres und der Liebe Wellen – Panter and Hall, London, 12 – 28 September 2018

August 28, 2018

The inspiration and starting point for this new body of paintings is Des Meeres und der Liebe Wellen (The Waves of Sea and Love) by the Austrian dramatist Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872). This is a re-telling of the classical myth of Hero, the Greek priestess of Aphrodite at Sestos, who was seen at a festival by Leander of Abydos. They fell in love and he swam the Hellespont at night to visit her, guided by a light from her tower. One stormy night the light was extinguished and Leander was drowned; Hero, seeing his body, drowned herself.

This new exhibition has at its heart an allegorical painting in six parts: two large scale sea paintings – Des Meeres und der Liebe Wellen part I and Des Meeres und der Liebe Wellen part II; two large scale seated female figures – My nature yields, and yielding finds itself part III and You swam here, from Abydus distant shore part IV; and two medium sea paintings – Leander, Leander part V and Liebe, Liebe part VI.

To read more including Professor Mary Modeen’s essay and view the whole collection click here to view the e-catalogue

Audrey Grant presented with W Gordon Smith Award 2018

February 1, 2018

Audrey Grant’s painting Nu I (seated) has received one of the inaugural W Gordon Smith Awards of £2,000, presented by Society of Scottish Artists and Visual Arts Scotland at their annual exhibition OPEN 2018 at the RSA Edinburgh. 

Ceci est mon corps – London exhibition – 10th – 27th October 2017

July 7, 2017

A selection of the Ceci est mon corps paintings recently exhibited in Edinburgh plus 2 new paintings will now be shown at Panter and Hall, Pall Mall, London between 10th – 27th October 2017. 

These paintings arise from the artist’s collaboration with Scottish Ballet in rehearsal at their studios in Tramway, Glasgow.  The exhibition in Edinburgh was selected as ‘Critic’s Choice’ in The Scotsman by Duncan MacMillan in May 2017

View the Ceci set mon corps E-Catalogue here

Painting selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2017

June 15, 2017

Audrey Grant’s painting ‘Who, if I cried out, would hear me among the Angels Hierarchies’, (Title from The First Elegy, Duino Elegies by Rainer Maria Rilke) has been selected for the prestigious Royal Academy Summer Exhibition at Burlington House, Piccadilly, London until 20 August 2017. A highlight of the British Art Calendar.

View the work online here

Ceci est mon corps, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh, 12th – 29th May 2017

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


W Gordon Smith Painting Award Exhibition

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