Having completed degrees in biology and then landscape architecture at the universities of Durham and Manchester, Alison Grant went on to forge a career as a landscape architect working on projects at home and abroad, including a decade spent working in the USA and the Far East. Unsurprisingly, given this background, Grant is an artist finding in our ecosystem both inspiration and much of her visual language.
With a lifelong passion for painting and drawing, Grant found herself over the years increasingly drawn to fine art. Having begun her studies in Boston and Hong Kong, on her return to Scotland, she undertook a postgraduate course in painting and now works from her Edinburgh studio.
Grant is currently developing a body of work arising from her research into coastal communities within their ecosystems on the coasts of Scotland, from Viking graffiti artists who anchored in the best fishing areas to the contemporary works of today's Blue Carbon visionaries.
Grant’s solo exhibitions include Stone Moon (Scottish Poetry Library, 2022; Sidney Nolan Trust, Presteigne, [Postponed]); No Ruined Stones (White Horse Gallery, Wiltshire, 2020); The Shape of Time (Warburton Gallery, Edinburgh, 2014); Suspended Shadows (Henderson Gallery, Edinburgh, 2010).
Selected group shows include: Deluge (Edinburgh Printmakers, Edinburgh, 2019); Time Spent Among Trees, SSA Professional Members Exhibition (Methuen Museum, Forfar, 2019); Summer Exhibition (Rabley Drawing Centre, Wiltshire, 2015-2016); SSA Exhibition (National Galleries, Edinburgh, 2011-2023); RSA Exhibition (National Galleries, Edinburgh, 2011-2023); VAS Exhibition (National Galleries, Edinburgh, 2020-2023); and Mural Paintings (Alice Ho Mui Ling Nethersole Hospital, Hong Kong, 2000). Alison Grant has been awarded the Rodney Beaumont Award, Manchester University, the Purcell Prize, SSA, has been elected a Professional Member of the Society of Scottish Artists and is an Artist Member on the board of Edinburgh Printmakers.