English ( b.1930 - d.2001 )
|Image size||23.4 inches x 55 inches ( 59.5cm x 89cm )|
|Frame size||34.6 inches x 46.5 inches ( 88cm x 118cm )|
Available for sale from Big Sky Fine Art; this original oil painting by Donald Grant.
The painting is presented and supplied in its original frame (which is shown in these photographs). The painted surfaces and canvas have benefitted from some restoration, cleaning and conservation, which took place in 2011 on our instructions. The canvas is lined.
Previously with the Halcyon Gallery, Birmingham.
Donald Grant was one of Britain’s leading wildlife artists and prolific campaigner for wildlife and conservation. He painted with an extraordinary skill and a passion, which led to his international reputation.
He was born in North Shields, Northumberland in 1930 and his talent was apparent from a young age. He sold his first painting at the age of just 9 to his family doctor and whilst still as school painted a large mural in a public building and won a national drawing and design competition.
He had a varied career, which began with a long apprenticeship as a shipbuilding draughtsman with Swan Hunter on the Tyne. He then served with the army in Africa. Back in the UK he later worked as a technical illustrator with Vickers Armstrong and as a graphic illustrator and freelance advertising artist. He illustrated advertisements for numerous Midlands and International companies including Rolls Royce, Massey Ferguson and Cadbury.
In the early 1960s he and another graphic designer formed a partnership called Grant Carroll Studios, which ran successfully for 10 years. During this time he started to paint in oils more seriously and after an exhibition in Birmingham two London galleries took a keen interest in his work, with one of them subsequently selling his paintings for almost 20 years.
His international reputation was confirmed when Mill Pond Press took him on board in 1986 and reproduced a fine series of limited edition prints. He exhibited widely and his works became very collectable. He adored the wildlife of Africa in particular and undertook many safaris and travelling exhibitions abroad.
Sadly, after an arduous tour of Canada he suffered a severe stroke, which left him without the use of his left side. After this he continued to work, although mainly drawing and with a looser style, and to raise funds for his charitable causes.
During his long and successful career Donald Grant raised many thousands of pounds, donating works to raise funds for research and projects in the field, including those protecting endangered species and working towards the abolitions of the fur trade. Donald Grant received his MBE for charitable services to Animal Welfare Worldwide.
His best work is undoubtedly his large oil paintings of animals in Africa and these are consequently much sought after and retain their value. This is a rare opportunity to acquire an original Donald Grant African wildlife painting of real quality.
This oil painting shows an adult Lion with a deep golden mane looking at his reflection in a watering hole in the river bed, with a Lioness in the background. The area is lightly wooded with open plains in the distance. A palette of deep greens and subdued tones suggests the light of evening and the mood is relaxed and mellow.