Grant Vertigan was born in June 1925 to a farming family in Ulverstone Tasmania.
During the depression years the family decided to leave their farm.
Grant was a one year old when the family set sail across Bass Strait to Melbourne.
In Melbourne Grant’s father found work in his brothers butchers shop. The family lived in Malvern.
Grant began his love of sketching as a young boy.
During the second WW Grant worked at the Commonwealth Aircraft factory at Fisherman’s Bend.
Grant served in the RAAF as a wireless mechanic. At the end of the war Grant decided to pursue his love of drawing and painting. He enrolled in an Arts course at Swinburne.
During this time he worked in an explosives factory in Marribynong. He painted many scenes of factory life and of life in Melbourne as well as creating his acrylic works using hand made stencils. This style has been likened to the Pochoir technique.
Grant has captured scenes of Melbourne life during his 92 years. He has created colourful characters, expressing emotion and movement.
His exploration of the human form is flowing, energetic and vibrant.
Long Gallery, 18 October - 12 November
Exhibition Opening: Thursday 19th October, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
All welcome, light refreshments provided
RSVP to Montsalvat on (03) 9439 7712 or firstname.lastname@example.org