“There’s a natural evolution to my art, giving it a recorded past along with its moment of shared present whilst making its contribution to a future beyond my reach, but possibly, not beyond the reach of my art.” (Grant. From an opening speech at ‘Plant Crossing’ (Joint exhibition) held at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens Art Gallery)
At an early age, Grant read that Picasso had said “To me there is no past or future in art. If a work of art cannot live always in the present it must not be considered at all” . How right he was – as history shows us.
It has been said that the works of Grant form the scaffolding of an unrestrictable future where time returns to haunt us and our history fades into insignificance. His designs, paintings, drawings and projects combine to unlock the influences around him so that he may communicate his inner understanding of the World, the Universe and everything. At the age of 4, he created his first chalk and charcoal drawings and at 8 he insisted on learning Latin and illustrating all the characters in the rhyme “This is the House that Jack Built”. At 11, he designed greetings cards that were sold at ‘Cobweb & Strange and at 21 he opened an art studio in Ardrishaig, Scotland with craftworker John Hamilton.
Following that, he moved to Wales to open a visitor centre and gallery where he first painted watercolours as backdrops to exhibitions on aquaculture in a manner that communicated the importance of water in everything we do. One of the exhibitions toured the UK with the West Midlands Area Museum service after being hosted by the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.