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, May 12, 2010

Experimentation Continues

Picked up some cheap watercolors today and small 2"x3" cards to work on... I'm into doing quick and dirty art these days, kind of like automatic writing - trying not to think too hard about it and just let the art come out, very stream of consciousness.

I've never been big into abstract, never really "got" it. As an artist who has always been hyper detailed in my work, the concept of abstract art never really clicked with me. I finally got it this week at the Borduas exhibit and the whole concept of Les Automatistes. I actually have some ideas for a few abstract pieces. It's quite nice to step out of my self imposed rules and regulations of my art and just create from the heart.

No worries, there is a small oil piece in the works in the right now...

Until then, here are some of the small cards I crapped out today. I quite like them.

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