About

GRACE MARAN

ARTIST STATEMENT

My art practice is figurative and still life painting, acrylic on canvas. I aim to create a surreal and ambiguous atmosphere through the subject choice and composition. I am inspired by the history of portraiture and decorative symbolism in fine art.

I am currently particularly interested in costume and textiles in art history as well as the symbols of Medieval pilgrimage. My most recent paintings are a loose copies of Renaissance paintings depicting fabric, the composition cropped to focus on the fabric and to evoke an ambiguous departure from the original. Then shells and other objects inspired by pilgrim offerings are painted to look like they are actually resting on the surface of the painting to suggest the painting itself is a site of pilgrimage.

BIOGRAPHY

I am a Scottish painter from in Edinburgh. I have a BA (Hons) degree in Drawing and Painting from Edinburgh College of Art and a First Class BA (Hons) degree in Fashion Design from Heriot Watt University. I now focus on figurative and still life paintings. My painting ‘Girl with Yellow Flowers’ was selected for the final of the Scottish Portrait Awards 2019, and my painting ‘Two Girls’ was awarded an ANGUSalive Purchase Prize 2018 and is now in the Angus Fine Art Collection. In March 2020 I was developing new work on a Hospitalfield Interdisciplinary Residency.