Monday, August 18, 2014
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.
“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.