Each one of Colin Grant’s oil paintings offer the viewer a grand yet delicate mystery. Painted on canvases as large as four feet high, Grant’s work is bursting with big statements. The colors alternate between vivid brights and sensual jewel tones, and big swaths of space are covered with vigorous, impassioned brush strokes. Within these broad statements, animals, plants, and architecture are rendered with intricate photorealistic details. The tension between the large and small elements is where the images truly come alive.
Grant describes his most recent work as an inquiry into the intersection of “two worlds, the visible and the invisible.” This is evident in the way he layers recognizable subjects – a deer, a bird, a marble column, a leaf – with fields of pure color and texture. Both the representational images and the atmospheric passages overlap and act as half-seen hints; there is clearly much beneath the visible surface.
Grant was born in Braidwood, New South Wales, Australia and today lives in Canberra, Australia’s capital city. He has participated in both group and solo exhibitions around Australia.