The Fortifications Series represents a selection from a new body of work by Garry F. Grant (b. 1971, Detroit). The handmade paper and canvas mixed media works were inspired by a trip to Morocco in 2015. The architectural ruins of Essaouira and craftsmanship of archways and doors of the old medina in Marrakech are reflected in these works. The artist reimagines his experience in this series through the creation of grids and perspectives that suggest fortifications and aerial views enriched using textural lines, inscriptions and cutouts. Shellac applied as a finishing layer amplifies the vibrancy of color and texture.
Garry Grant is a New York based artist, well known for large-scale abstractions that often utilize multiple canvases. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Grant studied at College for Creative Studies and Wayne State University. Early in his career, Grant became a master gilder and was employed by several leading framing companies as a specialist in the restoration of antique period frames. Grant, has for over 20 years, adapted the materials and techniques of gilding and restoration to his artistic practice. Garry Grant exhibits his work in group and solo exhibitions throughout the United States.