This First Friday, Sept. 1, meet abstract painter Ian Grant. His work will be display at Annie Kaill’s starting at 4:30 p.m. The Capital City Weekly was able to catch up to him prior to his show to learn about his artwork.
For those who aren’t familiar with your work, can you give us some history on your background as an artist?
Sure, I moved to Juneau over 20 yeas ago, attending the University of Alaska Southeast in pursuit of an art degree, and I’ve been here ever since. At that time, a wonderful group of artists were lecturing and very talented people were around me, creating this incredible working space for learning and developing one’s skill set. Once I picked up a brush for oil painting I was hooked and have been working in that medium ever since.
How did you become interested in abstract art?
I’ve always been drawn to abstract art. I think if I had to really draw things back to one moment, it would have been seeing the life work of Jackson Pollock at the MOMA in New York City. Life was surely one way prior to that show and immediately different walking out the doors. To sit amongst his work in massive rooms and to experience the overpowering feeling that comes with it, I just wanted to be in that — to create that experience for people the same way it did for me. Somehow, I wanted life to feel like that everyday.
Why is art important?
I think you could ask me this question every morning and each day I would be happy to tell you another reason why art is important. For me, today, producing art is simply how I measure my salt. I think we are all searching for meaning as we go through our days and there is nothing like the truth that comes in art to help express and share that with one another. I know we all have different priorities, things that drive us, but for me, the human experience, all the emotions that come with it, I want to spend life tapping into that. There is no greater reflection of life than…