Edmund Ian Grant
Edmund was born in 1950 and at ten years of age declared, to the bewilderment of his parents,that he wanted to be a visual artist. However, it all began at age seven, the Henri Mancini theme song for Peter Gunn, an American TV show, captured Grant’s attention. It was the songs’ iconic alto saxophone solo which convinced him to play that woodwind; he continued this pursuit through his collegiate years eventually becoming an artist, a working musician while never letting go of his dream of becoming a painter.
After a long hiatus for a professional career of Dentistry, in the mid 1980s, Grant pursued the visual arts and taught himself to paint.
Presently, he is an internationally collected, award winning artist whose extensive exhibitions over the last 30 years include shows in many USA cities including Los Angeles, Miami, Dallas, San Francisco and New York, and International cities – Florence, Milan, Monte Carlo, Tel Aviv, Venice, London and Paris. He has exhibited along with some of the world’s top galleries at many prestigious art fairs including The LA Art Show, Art Aspen, Art Monaco and Concept Art Fair-Miami during Art Basel week. Among his numerous awards is the Leonardo Award, First Prize in Painting, the top honor at the International Biennale of Chianciano 2015. His work is in numerous catalogues, art books and publications including a critical essay by world-renowned art historian and art critic Edward Lucie-Smith.
Lucie-Smith regarded as one of the most prolific and widely published writers on art states “Edmund Ian Grant’s powerful images have an extraordinarily complex cultural background. The titles given to some of the works - Americana, Hip Hop, Palookaville – spell out the artist’s cultural allegiances. These monumental heads, cigarettes clutched between their lips, belong to the raffish, late night world of the traditional jazz club………In the late 19th and early 20th century radical artists often presented low life subjects in quasi-monumental forms. Van Gogh and Toulouse-Lautrec were the pioneers who preceded Picasso in this paradoxical endeavor. It is fascinating to see how, pretty much a hundred years later, Edmund Ian Grant finds a new twist to the theme, and makes his images speak to us in demotic American." Grant has gallery representation in Manhattan, London and Berlin.