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

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Green Fairy

Work has progressed slowly over the hellidays but back to the easel.  I started work again on the this piece which I originally intended for entry into a competition for a company that produces absinthe.  Turns out however that it is restricted to US residents only, but I'm keeping with the absinthe green of this picture and have titled it "The Green Fairy". 

Friday, December 3, 2010

Untitled in Progress....

The title for this work in progress hasn't come to me yet, but I originally started this piece for an absinthe competition I was asked to submit to and I've always loved that tone of green.  Haven't decided yet if I'm going to submit this to the competition (I have to paint their logo somewhere on the piece... I'm thinking in the green jewel of the hat... and I can easily paint over it if they decide not to go with the piece).

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Red Dye No. 2 continues...

This painting is proving a difficult birth.  I'm trying to get the eyes "just right" but have not achieved the effect that I was looking for.  I've also brightened up the background and I felt the painting has a dirty look to it.  I'm debating on having centipedes crawling from the black void where the wallpaper is peeling away, but I think that once I put the patter onto the wallpaper it might be too busy... we'll see. 

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Red Dye No. 2 - progress

Recently saw the Otto Dix show in Montreal and am currently obsessed with how he painted eyes.  I've always considered the mark of a great artist to have the ability to create fantastic eyes and hands... there is no excuse for badly done eyes and hands!!!!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Pale Horse

Pale Horse - the final horseman in the apocalypse series.  Ink, watercolor, graphite on illustration board. 10" x 18"

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Chicago Show

Several of my oil paintings and pen and ink works will be part of a group show at Gallery Provocateur in Chicago from October 2010 through January 2011.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Narcissus continues...

The work on the Narcissus piece continues... he's grown a pig tail and the figure on his back who will be forcing him to face his own reflection.

Control Freak

There is sexual explicit imagery in this piece, which I don't usually do, but was particularly inspired to do this piece called "Control Freak".  If you want to see the image in its entirety, then you'll have to come to one of my shows.

After The Rain

This is one I did a few years back inspired by my cat Faust. 
Oil on canvas 36"x36"

Friday, August 13, 2010

Narcissus and Fly

A fly caught my eye.  Art happens...

The Narcissus painting begins... but I'm lost for a title thur far.  As I type this fly is on my keyboard... why are you following me????

Thursday, August 12, 2010


A preliminary sketch of my latest piece based on Narcissus.  My idea for the piece is to have the figure staring at his own reflection, the piranhas will be be barely visible and will act as more of a background to the reflection.  I plan on working with a brown palette mostly, leaning more towards the darker tones. I my work with some empty space on this piece, leaving the background mostly empty.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Out of Oz

"Out of Oz" 36"x36" oil on canvas 2010 - prints to be available soon