New Show by Grant McGregor.

The Man Who Became Death

Grant McGregor exploded onto our walls back in 2015 with his signature dark, deeply expressive, raw charcoal portraits. In this, his first gallery solo show, his work acts as a bridge between where he was then and where he is going.

“I view this current body of work as a bridge; between where I was and where I am going. As always, my work puts forward ideas of identity in a raw and blunt manner. Cutting away and abstracting elements. It is often curious to find what is pushed away in the underlying tones that this ‘cutting’ creates. And then what elements viewers will be drawn towards and almost recognise within their own appreciation and interpretation of the works”.

New Show by Grant McGregor.
Rhystic Study | SOLD

There is a saying that I have always held in mind with every portrait I paint. It is that every portrait is a portrait of the Artist. In this series I have not only chosen to paint people that I am directly related too, but I’ve attempted to go beyond that relationship. Instead of painting them as I know them, with their ‘likeness’, I’ve instinctively approached each sitter and attempted to interpret them through my imagination. 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”.

Having introduced oils and acrylics into his practice, his faces now emerge from the darkest depths, lit by flecks of colour. Dabbed and layered. And with the addition of objects to the foreground and textures to the surrounds. The surface appears scratched, colours applied are cut away, elements are removed and abstracted. There’s now a lot more going on.

New Show by Grant McGregor.
Bullet Head In Red | VIEW

There are 7 new portrait paintings in the collection. Show opens in the gallery this Saturday at 2pm. We hope to see you then!