Brita Granström

Brita Granström

Brita Granström has lived and painted between the UK and her Swedish homeland since 1993. Her Nordic roots are apparent in her paintings. She often paints domestic subjects and situations, expressing the joy and beauty of all aspects of everyday life. Pissarro could have been describing her when he said, "Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing."

Brita Granström is also well known as a book illustrator, particularly in collaboration with her partner Mick Manning. Their critically acclaimed books have won many awards.

Brita Granström has appeared on television and radio and her work is in private and public collections around the world.

‘Sweden and the British Isles feature strongly in my paintings; environments that are always changing, never still. Painting on location both indoors and outdoors in all weathers produces images that, for me, encompass and celebrate themes of hope, humanity, life and mortality.’

Born: Sweden 1969

Art Education: Orebro Art School 1988-89

MFA. Konstfack, University College of Art & Design, Stockholm 1989-94

PAINTING AWARDS

Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Awards, Kings Place Gallery/ Pallant House Gallery 2016 - In the Kitchen, Short-listed and exhibited

Sky Portrait Award Finalist 2013

- Self-Portrait; Ironing

- Portrait of the actress Alison Steadman

Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Competition, Kings Place Gallery, London 2013

- Baking Sour Dough, Short-listed and exhibited

Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Awards , Kings Place Gallery, London 2011

- Mother of Four, Purchased by the Ruth Borchard Collection 2011

The People Show, University Gallery and Baring Wing, Newcastle upon Tyne

- Brushing Hair, Second Prize 2008

- The Darkest Day, First Prize 2005

- Bridge Street, First Prize 2001

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

Love Letters, Gallagher & Turner, Newcastle upon Tyne 2016

Sea Salt & Sourdough, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh 2015

The Night Swimmer, University Gallery and Baring Wing Newcastle upon Tyne 2014

Butcher, Baker, Cockle Sweet-Maker, University Gallery and Baring Wing, Newcastle upon Tyne 2012

A Breath Of Fresh Air, University Gallery and Baring Wing, Newcastle upon Tyne 2012

Life in Landscape, Kings Place Gallery, London 2011

Undressed - Paintings from Life, University Gallery and Baring Wing, Newcastle upon Tyne 2008

New Paintings, University Gallery and Baring Wing, Newcastle upon Tyne 2006

Paintings, University Gallery and Baring Wing, Newcastle upon Tyne 2000

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Collection: Next Generation, Kings Place Gallery, London 2016

Christmas Exhibition, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh 2014

Pick & Mix, Dye House Gallery, Bradford 2014

Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Collection: Next Generation, Kings Place Gallery, London 2012

Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Competition, Kings Place Gallery, London 2011

Stacia Blake and 54 Friends, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise, Ireland 2011

Mark Hearld and Friends, The Scottish Gallery. Edinburgh 2009

Winter Landscapes, University Gallery and Baring Wing, Newcastle upon Tyne 2007

A Baker’s Dozen, touring exhibition of 13 artists curated by Quentin Blake 2001-2002

PUBLICATIONS / FEATURED

Homes and Interiors Scotland. Feature. May-June Issue 2015

Your Paintings. The National Collection/BBC Website. 


Butcher, Baker, Cockle Sweet-Maker. Exhibition catalogue. Full colour, 2012

Brita Granström, Paintings. Selected works. Full colour, 2011

Undressed. Exhibition catalogue. Full colour, 2008

BOOK ILLUSTRATION AWARDS

English Association Award 2014

Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, Shortlisted 2014

Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, Shortlisted 2013

FEA. English Association Fellow 2011

English Association Award 2011

English Association Award 2008

English Association Award 2005

Oppenheimer Award, Platinum 2003

(USA) Oppenheimer Award, Gold 2000

(USA) English Association Award 2000

TES Award 1997

Nestlé Silver Award 1996

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