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 deeply rooted in nature, finding in the natural world both inspiration and much of her visual language. What is refreshing about Grant’s work is that she does not merely depict how that natural world appears, but also understands how it works.
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 was elected to the board of Edinburgh Printmakers in 2021.
Grant is currently researching 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.
Stone Moon a collaborative exhibition with the poet and writer Fiona Sampson, which was opening in 2020 at the Sidney Nolan Trust, Herefordshire, has been postponed due to Covid.
Grant’s solo exhibitions include Stone Moon (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: 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, 2011-2015); RSA Exhibition (National Galleries, Edinburgh, 2011-2015) 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 and has been elected a Professional Member of the Society of Scottish Artists.