Artwork

over 25 years, first whilst studying art in Preston Polytechnic before - what's credited as
real education - time as an interior decorator. This period, most of which was spent in client's
homes, also meant time spent learning, perfecting and appreciating the craftsmanship of
old artisan skills and techniques, now being lost to time. An irreplaceable bi-product of which
was a deeper understanding of the importance of colour and the restorative properties, on
both mind and body, of traditional canvas art that conveys truly original visions from a
modern, but personal perspective. {
This understanding and confident awareness of modern influences and tastes, combined
with classical and timeless techniques provide Searl with an understanding of, and
appreciation for, a sympathetic but striking colour palette for modern and traditional, living
spaces.


Christened Romantic Surrealism, Searl's oil on canvas pieces are an eclectic mix of
influences. Echoes of Surrealist masters, Magritte, Di Chirico and Dali are combined with
shades of Pre-Raphaelite artists Millias and Holman-Hunt brought into the 21st century with
it's subject matter. Nature, architecture, literature and of course, human relationships, all
provide a rich and inexhaustible seam of material. At times dreamlike and ethereal, at others
dramatic and intense, but each as atmospheric as the next. Searl's distinctive style is
painstakingly created, building layer upon layer of oil over a period of months to achieve a
depth and vibrancy of colour that provides his trademark and legacy.

Craft, technique, patience and originality are the four cornerstones on which Grant Searl's
works are founded. Assuming no substitute for persistence and self-application, Searl's
paintings are the product of his life and recollections so far. Memories from childhood,
inspirations from popluar culture and his insatiable appetite for books all inform the
idiosyncratic and stylistic representations present in Searl's work.
Son to a master tailor, precision and attention to detail are virtues that are ingrained in Searl's
paintings as much as they are in his genes. These qualitites have been hones and refined
 

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