Born in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan in 1956, Grant Leier studied at the Alberta College of Art in Calgary (1974-78) before honing his skills further at the Illustrator’s Workshop in New York (1978). It was here that Grant became fascinated with pattern and decoration. A proficient painter, Leier has had numerous solo exhibitions in Canada and California and has been featured in important group exhibitions in public and private galleries. His work is represented in many corporate and private collections including the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Public Archives Canada and Chevron Canada.
Grant Leier once compared himself to a crow who sets out to collect the most beautiful and colourful objects it could find. His whimsical and wonderful art works are technically perfect and his sense of design complete. His love of pattern and his proficiency of hand make him a master at illustration. This, a quick wit, and a quirky sense of humour combine to makes works that both titillate and excite the viewer.
Nixie Barton and Grant Leier are excited to be participating in the Nanaimo ArtWalk again this year. They have been exhibiting paintings and mixed media works across Canada for twenty-five years and operating a home based gallery in Yellowpoint since 1994. Barton will have new encaustic works and Leier has created a new series of smaller studies for this exhibition. We hope to see you at our new gallery downtown Nanaimo at 99 Chapel Street. Our website has maps and phone numbers for both locations: