Michael Berkeley welcomes the artist Keith Grant, one of the finest living landscape painters. Born in Liverpool, he studied at the Royal College of Art, where he came under the influence of neo-romantic painters such as Paul Nash and Graham Sutherland. He developed a particular enthusiasm for the landscape of the North, visiting Scotland, Iceland, and Norway, where he now lives with his Norwegian wife and their daughter. In the 1980s and 90s he also travelled widely, to French Guiana, Cameroon, Israel and Venezuela, as well as Arctic Greenland. His work exhibits resonant images of nature from the Northern Lights to the waterfalls of Sourth America. But it is in the austere beauty of the North, he says, that 'I sense the value of my life'. His luminous paintings, which are represented in many public collections, combine both abstract and figurative concerns, expressed through the imagery of night skies, icebergs, mountains, birch trees, the sea and the distant horizon.
Keith Grant has chosen a variety of music to complement his artistic vision, ranging from the opening of Wagner's Das Rheingold, though works by Nordheim, Sibelius, John McLeod and Rautavaara, to more familiar musical landscapes by Vaughan Williams (The Lark Ascending and On Wenlock Edge), as well as Britten's Elegy from the Serenade for tenor, horn and strings.