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SEWE 2015 Featured Artist: Grant Hacking

Southeastern Wildlife Exposition is proud to announce that Grant Hacking has been selected as Featured Artist for the 2015 event.

New England artist Grant Hacking was born and raised in South Africa. Spending the early years of his painting career in this exotic location provided him the opportunity to travel extensively, researching material for his innovative wildlife compositions. At age 25, Hacking moved to the US and began focusing on more localized subject matter. His collection now includes figurative work, architecture, coastal scenes, and landscapes, especially those close to his home in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

“Strictly speaking, I do not want to be categorized as either a wildlife painter or a landscapist because what I really paint is nature,” he explains. “I try to give equal time to both genres. When the weather is good, I enjoy painting en plein air, and when the chill winds of winter arrive, I return to my studio where painting my memories of Africa instills a sense of warmth.” Although Hacking’s technique varies greatly between the two genres, his landscapes are very painterly and a bit abstract while his brushwork becomes tighter when portraying wildlife, the two subjects really complement one another.

Reflecting upon his career as a professional artist, Hacking notes, “When all is said and done, being a painter is really about making connections. Artists put so much of themselves into their paintings that buyers are often attracted as much by the personality of the artist as they are by a specific work. For this reason, the artist must strive to make certain each painting evokes a personal experience between the viewer and his art, one which allows the imagination to create what the brush leaves out.”

“Grant is incredibly talented and we are proud to name him Featured Artist for 2015,” says SEWE Executive Director, John Powell. “His years of experience on multiple continents give him a unique range of subject that is truly awe inspiring when shown within a full body of work as it will be presented at SEWE. We look forward to celebrating Grant’s talent which has long been confirmed by art collectors and SEWE benefactors. The Featured Artist’s exhibit at Charleston Place will be an exciting place to be in February.”

As Featured Artist, Hacking will create the image used for the official 2015 SEWE poster, to be unveiled this Fall.  Learn more about Grant HERE and stay tuned for the 2015 Featured Image Reveal.

 

GRANT’S ACCOLADES

Conservation and Donation:
– Balm Beach Zoo Donation and Auction
– Hawk Conservancy Trust, Andover, Hampshire, England
– Waldorf Education

Awards:
– ‘Peoples Choice Award’ First Place 2008, 9th Annual Wildlife and Western Visions
Art Show (‘Intent’ – Mt Lion)
– ‘American Artist Abroad’ 2006, Bennington Center for the Arts “First Place (‘African Sky’ ~ Landscape)
– Birds in Art, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum 2004/2005; (“Wood Creek”) This image was included in an exhibition which toured multiple museum venues.
– Birds in Art, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum 2003/2004; (“Moving South”) This image took First Place in The Artists’ Magazine 20th Annual Art Competition     (2003) and was also selected to tour  the Lindsay Wildlife Museum, Walnut Creek, CA
– Southeastern Wildlife Art Exposition 1996, Swept awards including “Best of Show”, “First Place”, “VIP Choice First Place”, “VIP Choice Second Place”
– Society of Animal Artists:  Painting “The Ancient One”, (a Baobab tree)  2001/2002; Selected as part of the “Art and Animal” traveling tour

Publications:
– Visions in Granite (200 years of painting in New Hampshire’s White Mountains)
– US Art, Profiled as a “Rising Star” in 1995
– Wildlife Art News, December 1997
– Gray’s Sporting Journal, Cover Art, November/December 2002 issue
– Safari International Magazine   Cover   May/June  2004
– InformArt, Fall 2005 issue:  “Wildlife Artists Reach Beyond Art to Conservation Efforts”

Collections:    
– The Bennington Center for the Arts
– The Raymond James Financial Collection, St. Petersburg, Florida
– The Worrell Collection, ‘The World of Animals’  (Peter Jefferson Place)
– The James Deinlein Collection (Private)
– Nature In Art Museum, Gloucester, England
– Senator Judd and Kathy Gregg
– Senator John Astle
– Drew Barrymore
– Charles Johnson (Owner SF Giants and Co-founder Franklin Resources)