Local Artist Profile: Robert Grant Sr.

by Shasta Cascade on July 26, 2009

Renowned local painter Robert Grant looks decades younger than his 59 years. Wearing a tank top in the middle of a July heat wave in Mt. Shasta, he could easily be mistaken for someone in his 30’s

He’s been painting since he was a teenager, and his art can be found in private collections around the world.

Robert was born in Dunsmuir, CA, and studied art at the College of the Siskiyous, UC Davis, and Sacramento City College.

He began his career painting oil on canvas. In the 1980’s he progressed to acryllic. He now prefers acryllic because it dries faster, doesn’t have the chemical smell of turpentine, and can be applied in thicker coats.

When he was 18, he opened a gallery in Dunsmuir with another artist Marlene Harmond. Today, he exhibits exclusively on the web. He’s known as a father of Black Art, featuring African-Americans on canvas.

Two samples of his paintings are shown below.

“Old Money” — Features a man playing the cello. Was inspired by the elegance of an orchestra. Robert appreciates history and the classics and the old masters, and wanted to portray that in a work of art.

“All that Jazz” — When Robert was studying at Shasta College, he was given an assignment to paint the image of a person from a newspaper. Robert picked up the local paper, and found an image of a man playing the saxophone, and created an oil painting.

A priority for Robert is that he doesn’t want to be put in a box. He accepts everyone else as they are,and wants people to accept him as he is.

Robert has children, and lives in Mt. Shasta.

Robert’s Online Gallery can be found here:

Robert Homepage

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