The Porter-Phelps Huntington Museum will present a solo exhibition of paintings by award-winning artist Philip Grant. The exhibition of portraits and scenes collectively entitled “Massachusetts,” were inspired by Grant’s neighbors and his daily walks around his home in Hampden, MA. The exhibit will be on display from June 1st to July 24th at the museum’s historic Corn Barn.
“Massachusetts” is a series of oil paintings on linen and canvas, completed with a unique combination of modern realist and traditional techniques. The scenes depicted of his neighbors and locations around his home of Hampden form a part of Grant’s accumulation of a visual autobiography through art. Grant drew inspiration from Andrew Wyeth and the Dutch Masters to create images that explore scenes of nature in Western Massachusetts. Recently, Grant completed “A Portrait of Afghanistan” upon reflection of his time in thePeace Corps, and the series debuted at the Porter-Phelps Huntington Museum in the summer of 2017.
Before shifting focus to paint, Grant’s career was centered in product design and development, specializing in toys and games, and the influence of this field is seen in his artistic style. As a winner of awards from the Monson Arts Council, the Piedmont show, and Agawam’s juried art show, Grant is established as a foremost oil painter in the Pioneer Valley. With exhibitions at Bing Arts Center in Springfield and the Public Library in Wilbraham under his belt, he is currently preparing a series of paintings of sthe wetlands of the Jersey Shore where he grew up. Beyond his travels in the Middle East and the natural landscape of his home, Grant cites his studies with famed abstract artist and Yale professor Josef Albers as a chief influence on his technique and style.