by Fabienne Baeriswyl
“With this ("The Unravelling" by Edmund Ian Grant) and other new works, I examine the unveiling of our souls from what is behind the mask of human existence“ - Edmund Ian Grant
The award-winning and internationally-acclaimed visual artist Edmund Ian Grant was born in California where he still lives and works in the Napa Valley. This self-taught artist has produced n important body of work in the past 26 years which has been exhibited in numerous galleries and institutions throughout the United States, the UK, Israel, Italy and the prestigious Grand Palais in Paris.
Grant has a large international following with collectors and critics from all over the world praising his work. Furthermore his captivating paintings can be viewed in the 2009, 2010 and 2011 editions of the national juried book “American Art Collector”. Grant has recently been selected as Artist in Residence at the Andretti Winery in Napa Valley, California.
It is no wonder Grants work has received the First Prize in Painting by the Anglo-Italian Academy of Arts at the 2011 Biennale of Chianciano and First Prize of the Leonardo Award for Digital Art awarded by the esteemed Lonnie Schlein the photo-editor for the New York Times for 38 years at the 2012 Chianciano International Art Award.
Edmund Ian Grant has once again been accepted in the Biennale of Chianciano 2013 at the Chianciano Art Museum which will be held again this coming September.
His works are characterized by a certain signature of sensuality with bold and lush colour that leave room for one's own interpretation. The use of strong colour, experimentation, new media and the different elements of lines and sensuality give his work depth and the meaning behind the work can often only be seen after a second look. He manages to translate his improvisational skills into the visual aesthetic. Many of his works have been influenced by his musical and jazz background as he has had a fascination for music ever since he was a child. Therefore it also makes sense that his latest exhibition “Jazzland and other stories” at the Napa Valley Museum was in conjunction with the renowned jazz-musician Miles Davis.
Edmund Ian Grant himself says that “art can function like a remedy that pokes and prods at the narcissism of censorship and the status quo of what is “accepted” thought.” His paintings are gripping and as well as having displayed them at the Gagliardi Gallery in London in July 2012 his next exhibition will be at the Chianciano Art Museum in September 2013. One should seek the deeper meaning and look beyond this human mask of existence to be enlightened by Grants depictions of society’s vain suppressions.
Top left: "The Unravelling"
Right: "Concerto al Campo di Fiore"
Bottom left: "Eve's Garden"