Keith Grant (Born 1930)
Marinescape No.20
Signed, oil on board, circa 1952
75 x 107cm
£5,500

Born in Liverpool Keith Frederick Grant received his first opportunity to practise as a painter while doing National Service in the RAF. This was followed by attending art classes at the Working Men’s College, Camden, and eventually at Willesden Art School (1952-55) and then the Royal College of Art  (1955-58), where he studied under Colin Hayes, John Minton, Kenneth Rowntree and Carel Weight, gaining a silver medal for mural painting.

Grant developed a particular enthusiasm for ‘The North’, visiting Scotland, Iceland and Norway, which he first visited in 1957. He was Head of Painting at Maidstone College of Art, 1969-71 and during this time he made frequent visits to Scandanavia.

From the early 1980s, Grant travelled further afield and in 1982 he accepted an invitation to French Guiana to paint the launch of the Ariane rocket, exhibiting the resulting works in the following year at the Paris International Air Show. This led to visits to Sarawak (1984), Cameroon (1986),  the Negev Desert  (1988), and later to Venezuela (1992). Still devoted to the cold north, he worked in Arctic Greenland during 1989.

At the end of the decade, Grant began to exhibit his paintings in a series of significant solo shows. Venues included Cadogan Contemporary, the Crane Kalman Gallery, the Gillian Jason Gallery and Cassian de Vere-Cole . He also showed at Roehampton Institute, where he was Head of Art, and The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

Not exclusively a landscapist, Grant has produced illustrations, abstract sculpture, mosaic designs and portraits in oils, including a commission to paint HRH Prince Andrew.

Grant settled in in the village of Gvarv, Telemark, Norway where he now lives with his family.

He continues to travel and exhibit widely.

His work is represented in the Government Art Collection and numerous public collections, including the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

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