Mary Grant Exhibition in the anne boleyn
Mary Grant studied Fine Art Painting at Kingston University from 1991-94. In 1992 she was shortlisted for the Natwest 90s Prize for Art. She won the Stanley Picker Travel Scholarship to New York in 1993. Since 1994, Mary has become an accomplished painter, mastering her technique with oils. She has taken on several residency projects and held both group and solo exhibitions in the UK and in Ireland.
Mary captures the fleeting glimpses of every day scenes and reveals the potential and beauty often of something incidental to the landscape. In her larger works she attempts to conjure up a frenzy of atmosphere and light, sometimes exploring the silent magic and promise of the environment at dawn or dusk. Each piece is about seduction, a response and reflection, entering into a dialogue with her surroundings.
That was most certainly the case when Mary was our ‘Artist in residence’ at Great Fosters in the spring of this year. Spending time in both our old Tudor building and atmospheric grounds, she fell in love with Great Fosters. Mary was blessed with some wonderful weather during her stay; the blossom was in full swing and the colours depicted in some of her garden paintings, really do reflect the season beautifully. Some of the interior paintings capture a spirit of the old masters and the mood of our very special building.
Mary’s work has been purchased for public collections such as the Glen Dimplex Group, Kensington and Chelsea Museums and Galleries and in the private collections of Ardal O’Hanlon, Paul McGann, Sir Peter Kenyon, Gary Kemp, Mick Hucknall, Miranda Richardson and Lord Robert Baden-Powell, together with other collections throughout Europe, South Africa, Singapore and the USA.
Mary will be exhibiting some of her work created during her residency in the Anne Boleyn from 19th October 2016 until early January 2017.