Brendan Grant Artwork
Artist BioI live in Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand, and have lived here most of my life. My paintings are mostly of Wellington City and I do regular markets in Wellington. Lower Hutt is a quiet escape from the busier city where I have my home-studio space.
I've been drawing all my life, painting since about 2001, Painting city scenes since 2005, and selling prints since 2009. I mainly work in acrylic on canvas.
I like to work on a variety of subjects but I’ve specialised in urban landscapes.
I've developed a style of painting that I think fits Wellington City well. I aim for continuous improvement each painting and also keep trying different things. It's always a work in progress.
My paintings aim to capture the comings and goings of the city, to help people remember places and events and to celebrates life in the City.
It's a great city for painting and I find you can never run out of places to make good painting scenes from.
I paint mainly from various digital photographs and sometimes sit on the scene and do some sketching to get more of a feel for the scene. I usually work on a few at a time. I revisit scenes while I’m working on them.
I enjoy studying art history in my own time, especially painters from the late 1800s to early 1900s. I aim to incorporate aspects of these painters into my paintings. Some biggest influences in my painting style are Vincent Van Gogh and Edward Hopper. Vincent Van Gogh was probably the first artist to make me want to be a painter rather than an illustrator or comic book artist with his high-energy style of painting and use of colour and movement. Edward Hopper - for his particular style of realism painting.
I’ve been to Europe twice in my life and hope to go back in future. I especially enjoy the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, and also the Musee D’Orsay in Paris.
I also enjoy modern “low-brow” art including Robert Williams, Todd Schorr, Shag (Josh Agle), and Tara McPherson, and many more. These don’t feed into my painting style as much, but I find it good being able to follow artists who are alive.
I like to make my art accessible to a wide range of different people so I’ve started a business selling prints of my art at affordable prices. Because of the colours and recognisability of my paintings my work reaches a wide audience. I find it rewarding knowing people are enjoying my work.
Some may perceive my work as “touristy,” but that’s only a small component. It’s most popular with locals. Also people who have had an OE in Wellington and homesick kiwis who are overseas.
I often do commissions. I enjoy doing this as it gives me a more diverse range of inspirations and helps me develop more than I would working only from my own personal vacuum.
I sometimes exhibit originals at galleries, including Matchbox gallery. Most of my business is at markets.
I live off my artwork. I sometimes do odd casual jobs on the side, but now I am finding my art keeps me very busy. It’s about a 50/ 50 split between selling my work and marketing my work and I find this a good balance. However, I’m working on time management to be more productive.
I also enjoy watching NBA basketball, (favourite team Phoenix Suns) playing streetball (2 on 2 or 3 on 3 outdoor basketball), have some interest in cricket and enjoy going to see live music. Also I enjoy travelling when I can and have some interest in web design. I also enjoy indie film, documentaries and films about artists of all kinds.