I draw, paint and make prints - etchings, aquatints, photopolymer gravures, linocuts and monotypes. My work is inspired by the sea and hills of Wester Ross. I work in my studio at the house in Lochcarron (between Skye and Applecross) where I have a printing press.
I like wild landscapes, trees and old structures that speak of the past. I think about landscape textures and the relationship between buildings and nature, and sometimes I re-imagine landscapes from my sketches. I also like to explore new ideas, new materials, etc
I make my printing plates at Edinburgh Printmakers and then print them out in different ways, sometimes using coloured inks and chine colle.
I live in Lochcarron and do most of my sketching in Torridon and Applecross. I worked for a number of years as a town planner but gave up planning to become a full-time artist in 2013, joining Edinburgh Printmakers the same year.
I'm originally from Fife.
I'm a member of the Bridge Art Collective based around Kyle of Lochalsh.
Education: Dip TP, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee.
Leith School of Art 2008-11, studying under Jacqueline Watt and Matt Storstein.
Selected Open Exhibitions
RSA Spring Open - April 2009
Scottish Drawing Competition Biennial Exhibitions 2009 and 2011
RSW Open - February 2012
Edinburgh Macmillan Art Exhibition – 2013, 2014 and 2015
VAS Annual Open 2016 - both 'Converge' and 'Fly'
'Town and Country' 2010 - Café Montagu, Edinburgh and Penicuik Arts Centre.
“No Woman Is An Island” annual joint exhibition with artist Rona MacLean in Edinburgh in 2013 - 2017.
Exhibition of drawings and prints at Inverewe, Sept/Oct 2019.
3 Harbours Arts Festival, Cockenzie/Port Seton, East Lothian, annual event - 2009-15.
Mixed Exhibition, Mussel Inn Gallery, Glasgow – December 2012 and 2014
Three Lochcarron Artists at Gallery An Talla Dearg, Eilean Iarmain, Skye - Oct 2019
My work regularly appears in various galleries in the Highlands and also the Quay Gallery, Aberdour.
art blog: http://aileengrantgallery.blogspot.com
Facebook Page: Aileen Grant Artist