New England artist Grant Hacking was born and
raised in South Africa and resided there until the age of twenty-five
so he still experiences great pleasure in depicting the diverse
animal life native to the Dark Continent. Living in this exotic
location provided Hacking the opportunity to travel far and
wide during the early years of his career researching material
for his innovative wildlife compositions. However, a move to
the United States in 1990 coupled with his dedication to a wife
and two growing daughters motivated the artist to begin focusing
on more localized subject matter as well. His oeuvre 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."
Mr. Hacking comes by his talent naturally as both parents were
professional painters. He relates that it was not until later
in life that he realized he had not only learned many of his
technical skills by observing his father at the easel, but that
he had also gained remarkable insights when it came to exhibiting
and marketing his own work.
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."
His work continues to be received with great enthusiasm in the
United States and Europe, with paintings on display in various
museums including the Nature in Art Museum in England, the Leigh
Yawkey Woodson Art Museum and the Lindsay Art Museum in California.
Grant is a member of the prestigious Society of Animal Artists.
Along with his wildlife art accolades he recently won 1st Place
in the 2003 Artist's Magazine's 20th Annual Art Competition
and his recent tribute to the U.S. Flag, which was displayed
in the New York Governor's Mansion, now hangs in the Armory
in New York City's Central Park.
"Early Start" New Oil by
Grant Hacking, 12" x 10" $1,200. This piece is available
at the Plainsmen Gallery in Clearwater, Florida
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