Freya Grand has been an artist all her life. In 2000 she turned to painting the landscape, immersing herself in the mystery and grandeur of the natural world. Remote places provide the source for her work, places that possess the kind of deep resonance that she seeks - ominous beauty, vastness, the sense of time.

When she returns to her studio after a journey, her travel diary and sketches guide her back into the experience of being there. The process of painting, she says, is like running her hands over the remembered contours of the landscape.

Freya received her Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. She went on to take additional courses in advanced oil painting at the University and courses in both intaglio and traditional Japanese wood block printing at the Haystack Mountain School in Deer Isle, Maine. Her work has been widely exhibited both on the East Coast and in Minneapolis, Chicago and Santa Fe. She lives and works in Washington, DC.

"I have taken strenuous hikes up the sides of mountains on the coast of California, and felt my heart beating in my chest from the exertion.  As I reached each crest there was always a moment when there was nothing but a great, yawning, heart-stopping space before me.  All that physical effort to arrive at a place where I couldn’t belong, between what I knew and the terrifying emptiness of the unknown.

Freya Grand paints this kind of space, where sensuous reality becomes de-materialized through her masterful brushwork, and all that remains are uneasy spirits.  Like the great Romantics, Surrealists, and Symbolists before her, she would have us look beyond mere appearance to find invisible, immutable truths inside ourselves.

We know she has stood, balancing, on this ridge.  We know she reached farther than she should have done.  But as an artist, that is her job."                                                                                 

  Jack Rasmussen
  Director and Curator, American University Museum, Washington, DC

                                                                              

 

 

 

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Freya Grand has been an artist all her life. In 2000 she turned to painting the landscape, immersing herself in the mystery and grandeur of the natural world. Remote places provide the source for her work, places that possess the kind of deep resonance that she seeks - ominous beauty, vastness, the sense of time.

When she returns to her studio after a journey, her travel diary and sketches guide her back into the experience of being there. The process of painting, she says, is like running her hands over the remembered contours of the landscape.

Freya received her Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. She went on to take additional courses in advanced oil painting at the University and courses in both intaglio and traditional Japanese wood block printing at the Haystack Mountain School in Deer Isle, Maine. Her work has been widely exhibited both on the East Coast and in Minneapolis, Chicago and Santa Fe. She lives and works in Washington, DC.

"I have taken strenuous hikes up the sides of mountains on the coast of California, and felt my heart beating in my chest from the exertion.  As I reached each crest there was always a moment when there was nothing but a great, yawning, heart-stopping space before me.  All that physical effort to arrive at a place where I couldn’t belong, between what I knew and the terrifying emptiness of the unknown.

Freya Grand paints this kind of space, where sensuous reality becomes de-materialized through her masterful brushwork, and all that remains are uneasy spirits.  Like the great Romantics, Surrealists, and Symbolists before her, she would have us look beyond mere appearance to find invisible, immutable truths inside ourselves.

We know she has stood, balancing, on this ridge.  We know she reached farther than she should have done.  But as an artist, that is her job."                                                                                 

  Jack Rasmussen
  Director and Curator, American University Museum, Washington, DC

                                                                              

 

 

 

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