Welcome to my art blog

A self-taught artist, I have always been drawn towards the macabre. Born a twin on Christmas Eve 1964 in Montreal, my twin died several months after birth. This became a large influence in my creative process; isolation, detachment, duality, haunted visions coming from this astral being that I am forever tethered to.

Art has always been my way to process and filter what I come across, what I am subjected to, or what I subject myself to each day; a way for me to exorcise the demons on my shoulder. The paintings are empathic, often inspired by the individual’s strength in the face of their own weakness. The common thread in all of my works is survival of self.

If a viewer is made uncomfortable by my work, then I have done my job as an artist. I have touched something within them that they are not comfortable with. I want to elicit a visceral response but maintain a sense of the absurd, creating works that are both intensely horrifically personal and humourous.

I am inspired by artists that have celebrated the grotesque: Hieronymus Bosch, Joe Coleman, Otto Dix and George Grosz.

This blog is a progression of my work, works in progress, random thoughts etc. You can join me on Facebook or view a gallery of my work on Flickr at:



Your f(r)iend,

Grant Cunningham

Saturday, December 12, 2009


I've always been an artist. As a kid I would lay on the floor and draw in the white borders of magazine pages. Fast forward to about 15 and I started oil painting.... landscapes. I'm actually pretty good at landscapes but I have zero emotional investment in them, and my paintings are all about the emotion they evoke. I grew bored of landscapes and started focusing on my pen and ink work. In 1996 someone gave me some oil paints as a gift and this was the first oil painting that truly represented my work as an artist and has led me on my current artistic path.

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