GRANT SEARL, THE NORTHERNER
“Over the last 40 years I have painted many pictures that have been influenced by many styles and artists that I admire. However, there is a common thread running through all my works. A feeling of searching for a way of painting that evokes a time and a place that reminds me of a youth well spent. As I get older, the texture of a memory influences what I paint more and more, resulting, after many years of trial and error, in two distinct veins of work.”
Grant’s work as ‘The Northerner’ is a style that is primarily figurative, steeped in the north’s recent industrial past. The subject matter has been revisited time and time again, but always through rose tinted spectacles or from a child’s viewpoint. The style Grant has developed is that of the gritty reality of everyday working people’s lives, whilst reflecting the warmth and spirit of friendship, family and community. The history and folklore from the cities and towns of the north is an incredibly rich source of inspiration for him, providing a seam of work that he will continue to explore.