GARRY GRANT COLLABORATES WITH THE SOL STUDIO TO CREATE BREATHTAKING FABERGÉ EGG
New York, NY – Garry Grant is pleased to partner with The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt, an innovative and engaging fundraising initiative that will place over 250 large egg sculptures – each designed by globally renowned artists, designers and creative professionals – throughout New York City’s five boroughs from April 1st to 26th, 2014.
Grant, a native of Detroit, is an abstract painter who began his career as a figurative artist but in the last decade turned to abstraction, focusing more on the use of color than narrative or subject matter. For the Fabergé project, he applied his signature gilding technique using silver and copper leaf as the underpinning of the design to create vibrancy and varying degrees of depth to the background. For the foreground, he used a mixed-media technique to apply shellac and acrylic paint onto the egg by hand until attenuated forms covered the entire surface. Grant then finished the egg with hand-painted brush highlights. The design is inspired by one of his signature triptych paintings entitled Life is a 3-Ring Circus (2012). The result is masterful.
“I am honored to have been selected to participate in The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt,” says Grant. “This is a great opportunity to support worthy charities. In addition, I was able to expand the boundaries of my approach to painting by translating the techniques that I use on canvas to a three dimensional form.”
Grant created his Fabergé egg at The Sol Studio, a work and exhibition space for artists located in central Harlem. Since 2012, the studio has supported a range of content creators from artists and photographers to videographers and producers. “When Garry asked to use the studio to create hisegg, we immediately agreed,” said owner Lewis P. Long. “Garry was one of the first artists to present his work at The Sol Studio. Supporting talented emerging artists like Garry is a very important aspect of our mission.”
Created as an innovative and engaging platform to raise funds for Elephant Family and other non-profits, The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt caused frenzy in London in 2012, set two Guinness World Record titles and ultimately raised over $1.5 million for charity. The 2014 hunt in New York will benefit both Elephant Family and Studio in a School. The general public will be encouraged to participate in The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt by finding all of the eggs, with incredible gemstone prizes from Fabergé serving as an incentive. The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt will culminate with a spectacular auction of the collectible and one-of-a-kind egg sculptures – including the one produced by Garry Grant – at Sotheby’s and online via Paddle8. Limited edition miniature eggs and other merchandise will be available for purchase at www.thebigegghunt.org.
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Peter Carl Fabergé was a jeweler and goldsmith to the Russian Imperial Court in the 19th century, and created a vast array of exquisite jewels and objects, including the legendary series of fifty Imperial Easter Eggs. His worldwide reputation attracted royalty, aristocrats, tycoons and the worldwide connoisseurs. Today, Fabergé remains synonymous with design and craftsmanship, creating modern collections of jewelry, watches and accessories for a discerning international clientele. Fabergé continues to explore and epitomize ‘the art of color’, pushing the boundaries of artistry and craftsmanship with superlative colored gemstones and enamel palette. The ingenuity of Peter Carl Fabergé in making the most of each gemstone’s unique characteristics remains central to the philosophy of Fabergé today.
ABOUT The Sol Studio
The Sol Studio is an artist work and exhibition space, in the heart of central Harlem, New York. The dynamic creative spirit of the studio is ignited by the diverse urban culture of its surrounding community. As a neighbor to iconic venues, such as the legendary Apollo Theatre, Minton’s Playhouse, and The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Sol Studio celebrates the creativity of honored and emerging artists and engages the public with myriad creative expressions.
ABOUT Studio in a School
Studio in a School brings professional artists into school and community organizations to lead classes in drawing, printmaking, painting, media technology, 2-D applied design and sculpting. The program establishes multi-year partnerships between artists and educators designed to develop age-appropriate art programs, and offers professional guidance to teachers and administrators at nearly 200 sites throughout New York City. Since 1977, Studio in a School has enriched almost 800,000 children’s lives in New York City’s five boroughs with the creativity of the visual arts.
ABOUT Elephant Family
Elephant Family is the United Kingdom biggest funder for the endangered Asian elephant. Massive habitat loss has caused their numbers to plummet by 90% in the past 100 years. Elephant Family exists to save this iconic animal from extinction in the wild, along with tigers, orangutans and all the other animals who share their habitat.