Today we’d like to introduce you to Grant Pecoff.
Grant, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
How amazing is this world we live in? Are we awake? In our fast paced lives we often overlook the beauty and life that is all around us. We no longer see it in the trees, buildings, the people at our sides, or even in ourselves. Many of us are living “inside the box” – restricted by limitations we’ve placed upon ourselves, without even noticing. We are numb, our senses asleep. My paintings are a reminder, a call to wake us up to the vibrant life that is all around us. By traveling the globe and painting new cultures, places, and perspective, I recreate that beauty, that reminder in color that inspires each of us, and wakes us up. The style in which I paint is inspired by my 1st experience of freedom as a painter. Before that point, painting for me was exciting but also suffocating. I felt that the work I produced had to emulate the work of others before me, had to replicate reality. I was squeezed into a box by my own limitations and restrictions. Then, one day, during an oil painting class at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, we were given an assignment to purposely abstract a favorite scene. I had to totally abandon my preconceived ideas of the scene that I was looking at. My painting was set free! The trees were no longer green – I made them sunburst orange. The lines of the building were no longer neat and proportional, I made them curved and dancing. I was overwhelmed with freedom and creativity. The box I was painting in didn’t just expand – it vanished. Since that first taste of freedom as a painter, my days have been about traveling the world and painting the spectacular beauty I see. The streets and countryside of Old World Europe, the heart of the Caribbean jungle, the lively markets and tantalizing spices of Morocco, the dramatic coastline of California, the waterfalls and lush green of Hawaii and the endless aqua seas of the Bahamas have been my studio.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
Gazing into a Grant Pecoff painting, you are drawn into an atmosphere where vibrant light and electric colors surrealistically warp familiar images into extraordinary compositions. With rich dynamic blues, radiant golden oranges and fiery bold crimsons, Pecoff’s art passionately invites our hearts to awaken and to expand our imaginations to be filled with endless possibilities. As a world traveler, Pecoff has embarked upon many international pilgrimages, painting some of the world’s most spectacular and beloved cityscapes, dramatic coastal views, breathtaking sunsets, expansive cloud formations and nautical themes. At the heart of Grant Pecoff’s talent is his ability to share the way he sees life with viewers. Pecoff’s early successes led to the opening of his first gallery in the affluent beachside town of Del Mar, California at the young age of 27 and then five years later, his second gallery in the hip neighborhood of Little Italy, San Diego. Pecoff’s work has been represented internationally at galleries in Canada, France, Spain, The Bahamas, Hawaii and the USA, and proudly exhibited by art collectors worldwide.
Artists face many challenges, but what do you feel is the most pressing among them?
I think one of the biggest challenges for artist today is knowing how to navigate the ever-changing landscape of selling art. For years, it was a given to sell directly through a gallery. Nowadays that landscape is changing. More collectors are turning to the internet to purchase artwork. It is important for artists to establish themselves online creating a bridge for the savvy collector to connect with them personally. Equally important I believe art collectors also want a way to see the artworks in-person and establish a connection with a real live human being. Building a relationship with a trusted gallery that properly represents the artist’s work in the way it needs to be represented is another crucial step to building a long-lasting art career.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
People can view and purchase my artwork on-line at pecoff.com. They can also sign up for my newsletter which contains info on new upcoming works, behind-the-scenes sneak peeks, special promotions, and news on inspirational travel.
To view it in person, they can visit the following galleries:
The Brightside Gallery in Hanapepe, Kauai
Michael J Wolf Fine Arts, The Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego
Glyph Art Gallery, Holualoa, Big Island of Hawaii
Kohala Coast Fine Arts, Big Island of Hawaii
Bliss 101 Gallery, Encinitas, San Diego
San Diego Artwalk, Little Italy, San Diego April 28-29th
- Website: pecoff.com
- Phone: 619-964-1990
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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