Grant Jack

“I like paintings. However in my work paint is not important, I do not care to explore materiality, it’s just a distraction, what I’m trying to say isn’t in there, weather you see it on your wall or on a screen or in a book is also immaterial… as long as you see it.”

Based in Cambridge New Zealand, Grant develops pictures through automatic drawing (doodling).

With this process decisions are made organically without preconception of where they’ll end up, what will end up being drawn or what a viewer might be looking for in a work of art.

The prints Grant makes from these doodles are almost a souvenir of the drawings. But they’re more than that as they expand on the intention of the drawing graphically, adding the previously imagined colour. Simple, unadorned and nontechnical. 

Art perceived as doodling has been viewed as a poor (homeless?) cousin to the other visual arts, or as a means to their end. Devalued due to an apparent naivety or because of hasty conception. We teach children how to draw by showing them how to make things appear realistic, well rendered, and in perspective. In truth, their vision may have been better served when the focus wasn't on decoration, compositional formality, ‘balance’ or over-embellishment.