“Yesterday A La Carte”
Dimensions: 26″ x 24″
Media: paper on wood panel
Fair Market Value: $900
Minimum Bid Amount: $300
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A graphic designer for 13 years, Grant began working with paper collage as a way to get off of the computer and create art, hands on, strictly for pure selfish enjoyment. Themes range from botanical silhouettes to observational, often singular subjects. Graphic design influence can be seen in the minimal approach to layout and color palette.
Grant grew up in central North Carolina (Sanford, Lee County). His mother was an active artist working in a wide variety of media during his childhood years. His step-father was an accomplished painter. When Grant was a teenager his mother and stepfather opened their own graphic design studio.
“When I was younger art was something that came naturally – it was fun – it was play. When it came time to earn a living a career in graphic design seemed the obvious choice. I’m grateful that graphic design has allowed me to be creative and keep a roof over my head – but after all these years it feels real, real good to play again.”
Grant moved to Asheville in 2003. He lives here with his wife Carly, 2 cats and a dog.
His work can be seen at Gallery Minerva, 8 Biltmore Ave. Downtown Asheville and online at grantpenny.com
The paper is known as Lokta. They are hand made and dyed in Nepal from the fibrous bark of the Daphne Cannabina which grows at high altitudes in the Himalayas (between 6500ft and 9500ft).
The adhesive is a neutral pH glue often used in book binding.
Coating – Acrylic Medium (Essentially this is acrylic paint without the color pigment.)
The acrylic tends to be tacky/sticky therefore a final clear coat of varnish(also containing a UV protectant) is applied.
Physically creating the pieces involves multiple sheets of Lokta paper. The papers are glued to a wood panel starting with the bottom-most layer (typically seen as the edge of the piece). The next layer is the color that will be seen as the negative space. The subject is cut out of the top-most layer allowing the next color/layer to be seen once stacked/glued – cutting the negative space out of the positive space. Once all of the pieces and details of the top layer are glued down, several coats of acrylic medium are applied to the entire piece (as well as the occasional dog and/or cat hair). The application of the medium reacts with the dyed papers resulting in rich, saturated colors. The final clear coat is then applied.
Open Minds, Open Doors – rationale behind “Yesterday A La Carte”
The newspaper boxes represent an active willingness to know what’s going on in the world around us. The title is a tongue-in-cheek observation regarding the way we pick and choose our news. (It should be noted that this piece was created during the last presidential election.)
Revisiting the piece, I take great pleasure in the proof that this nation – and the world as a whole – is indeed full of open minds.