I did not have a natural aptitude for drawing and yet I was encouraged by that single skill as being the essence of my artistic career.Read More
When you’re an artist, you have lots of time to contemplate your processes in life. The best example I can give you is through a question: Is the real process of creativity a natural phenomena or can it be learned and influenced?Read More
The late great Grant MacEwan, once said to me—“your ability to work with your hands will always put food on the table”.Read More
Any one that grew up in the 60’s and 70’s, in small town Alberta or small town North America for that matter will remember what 25 cents would get ya.Read More
There is not much known about Banksy except he’s a street artist and political activist who’s face has never been seen and he lives in London. His work has become iconic and has appeared in different cities around the world. He creates visually diverse images ranging from a mouse riding an exactor blade to a bottle of champagne in a carousel. His work has a social economic relevance that leaves us to ponder our perceptions of the world.
His art is stenciled images which are primarily sprayed on surfaces.
Banksy is an original and has managed to keep his identity secure. His art is sought after and copied and stolen all the time.
One thing seems very clear to me, his art is for all people of the world not just the elite.
In 2006 after a pretty severe motorcycle accident, something had changed.Read More
O.K. tomorrow is the launch of my new website Grudart.ca.
I have been pushing to market this launch and generate some exposure for my paintings daily for the last week.
Nothing wrong with that, most people would say and yet something about this whole thing was missing.
It got me thinking!
What is the underlying purpose of creating exposure for my work?
Having pursued this art thing for more than 40 years, I have been fortunate to meet some incredibly talented and creative people, many of which have never had there work seen.
Is it because their work never appeared in front of the right people? I think that is true but another truth is, many people have a limited view of the value of owning a piece of original art.
Being a collector and owning an original piece of art is like being in possession of part of the artist's life. It seems hard to put a value on it and yet we do.
So last night it occurred to me, that this new website was about generating exposure for original "Fine Art" not just for myself but for those artists who have taken pride in creating, some for as long as I have, creating originals from scratch, from inception to a drawing to the final product.
I am really excited and proud to be part of the global art community.
I will continue to promote my work but now with the hope it will bring greater attention to the legacy Fine Art and artists are creating, through hand made pieces of art we make for everyone to enjoy,