Grant McGregor is a portrait painter who draws the identity of his sitters out in a blunt and raw manner. Faces appear from the darkness with a sombre, Rembrandt-esque quality that is highly effective. Charcoals, oils and acrylics all feature in his practice where he moulds a reality. Giving hope to the hopeless. Bringing the dark to light. Revealing a truth to those who are worthy.

“There is a saying that I have always held in mind – every portrait is a portrait of the artist. I have not only used sitters I am directly related to, but I’ve gone beyond that likeness using my own imagination and instinct to interpret their image. So perhaps the best way to view my portraits is in the words of Jean Paul Sartre, “You are what you are not and not what you are”.

Grant graduated from DJCAD in 2015 with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art (Drawing & Painting). We were delighted to feature his work in our highlight ‘Best of Scottish Art Schools Grad Show 2015’. We went on to open his first gallery solo show in 2019. He talks enthusiastically of his current influence’s; Peter Howson and Johannes Vemeer. With the latter pushing him to consider a new addition of elements and objects around his figures.