This new show demonstrates that lockdown has not diminished the expressive power of Keith Grant, this especially inspired and gifted 'artist of the north'.
Keith Grant has been on the road to the North ever since he was a child, and, standing on the beach at Blundellsands, felt drawn northwards by the movement of the clouds above. As he has developed as an artist, he has absorbed influences that have extended his understanding of the North, as both a place and a concept. These have ranged from the Neo-Romantic paintings of Paul Nash and Graham Sutherland to The Narrow Road to the Deep North, that classic combination of poetry and prose written by the seventeenth-century Japanese author, Matsuo Bashō.
Keith Grant has had extensive experience of the geographical North, especially through his years of visiting and living in Norway. Nevertheless, he continues to explore the idea of the North, and the ways in which it may represent the potential and power of the environment. To this end, he has produced a new series of scintillating small oils on board that suggest nature’s strong but mutable presence, and also a group of large-scale oils on linen that, by representing starlight and aurora, reveal the night sky at its most majestic and all-encompassing.