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

Friday, October 19, 2012

Food Art

Cooking is an extension of my art... and when Halloween comes around in Montreal, I'm all into gross-out food.  In particular I'm drawn towards cake decorating and seeing how far I can push that medium.  As I save up for my coveted food airbrush, I'm making due with experimenting with moldable fondant and sugar work.  I saw these beauties on a food blog recently and decided that I needed to recreate them.  Several pounds of sugar later (still not happy with the sugar "glass" and it tends to turn opaque overnight.  Not sure how to remedy this, but I'm pretty pleased for a first attempt.

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