We are pleased to exhibit the Abstract Expressionist works by International Yacht Designer and Painter, Gary Grant.
The gallery has had a long and friendly relationship with Mr. Grant as a painter, designer, collector and friend. It isn't unusual for a designer, especially an architect to have begun their career as a fine artist or who have continuously painted or created during their career.
As a designer with more than 3 decades experience, Gary Grant knows the importance of a thoughtful, detailed design process and approaches yacht design as ART, as kinetic sculpture with form and composition. "My first design tool remains a #2 Ticonderoga pencil" says Grant.
An award-winning yacht designer, Grant has been internationally recognized for his brilliant aerodynamic, sculptural elements and formed glass surfaces which have become the signature of his work turns an educated eye to his other love – painting.
Identifying himself always as an artist, his work received early attention including exhibiting at SAM (Seattle Art Museum) while still in High School. Grant went on to receive and study art on full art scholarship. Upon graduation he served in the military, where his training and creative ability were utilized in graphic presentations and analysis. Gary continued his education in both art and industrial design, working as Boeing illustrator, naval architecture and yacht designer.
He worked with Seattle based architects and opened his own design firm in 1982. His early designs include the iconic SV Norseman 535, and the SV Norseman 400 - production vessels that are still highly regarded today as high performance, stunningly beautiful craft. In the power and mega yacht category his designs, without exception, have received awards and industry recognition.
Grant's Expressionist paintings have an iconic similarity to his sleek and modern designed yachts yet are very diametric in form. His yacht designs are modern, fluid and sharp with a monochromatic palette while his paintings are loose and colorful, yet sharp and controlled.
During this exhibit you will find a Grant designed yacht paired with each abstract painting and be able to see the influence that one has on the other. Two Forms, One Vision.