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:



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Grant Cunningham

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Quotes, Forgotten Art and the Grotesque

I opened up a dusty old portfolio I had and came across these two early pen and ink works:

"The Violent Cage" 10"x12" pen and ink on illustration board 1992

and another that I did for an art contest in 1994 for Griffon beer, aptly titled "Griffon" 48"x24" pen and ink on illustration board.  I didn't win the contest... 

I've always had a hard time describing the type of art I do.  I've recently been reading about artists such as Otto Dix and George Grosz, and although they were from war time Germany, I do see similarities. I'm from war time now.   I also came across these quotes and thought that they were befitting of my art as well. 

"The grotesque is the expression of the estranged or alienated world, i.e. the familiar world is seen from a perspective which suddenly renders it strange (and, presumably, this strangeness may be either comic or terrifying, or both)."

"The grotesque is a game with the absurd, in the sense that the grotesque artist plays, half laughingly, half horrified, with the deep absurdities of existence."

"The grotesque is an attempt to control and exorcise the demonic elements in the world."

- Wolfgang Kaysar

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