photographer artist visionary
Grant is a husband and dad living near Vancouver BC, Canada and a ‘solo-preneur’ producing contemporary photographic art through his company, Art by Grant Withers. He has long been an artist at heart whether clicking a shutter, working wood or trying to pull the perfect shot of espresso. He started shooting in the 70s with his father’s Pentax SLR and fell in love with B&W darkroom work and Kodachrome 64.
For over 35 years a camera has been at Grant’s side while he has caravanned, canoed, cruised, trained, planed, driven, SCUBA dived, hitched, hiked, ballooned and biked in over twenty countries on five continents. Family, photography and fly fishing continue to be at the core of many of these adventures.
Parenthood and careers in biology and teaching have shaped both his world view and his perspectives on the arts. He is developing a reputation for his revolutionary shooting and presentation techniques which challenge conventional definitions of photography. Grant is always searching for gorgeous light and intriguing subject matter and strives to be a leader in Canadian photographic art.
He is a member of the Burnaby Photographic Society and an accredited member of the Professional Photographers of Canada.
While the fundamentals of art and design guide my photography it is when I break the rules that I feel most exhilarated behind the camera. When inspiration and liberation get together the results are magical, hard to predict and always rewarding. I create images that do more than simply express my own photographic style; I aim to engage you and invite you to question your own assumptions about your visual world.
I am a camera-wielding visionary, always honing my multidisciplinary art practice. My art lives on the outskirts of photography in that colourful house between reality and fantasy where traditional art genres play together and learn from each other. Whimsy and bold experimentation are my hallmarks.
2018: Gallery Café, Port Moody, BC – PPOC-BC Image Salon exhibit
2014 – 2018: Pop-up event in various converted private residences in Burnaby, BC – Living Room Art in the Heights
2012 – 2018: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby, BC – Burnaby Photographic Society Showcase print and multimedia exhibition
2017: North Burnaby Neighbourhood House, Burnaby, BC – North Burnaby Photo Connection Local Lens – connecting your community through photographic art
2017: Encore Café, Burnaby, BC – Burnaby Photographic Society member exhibition
2017: North Vancouver Community Arts Council, North Vancouver, BC – Anonymous Art Show
2017: Deer Lake Gallery, Burnaby, BC – Luminescence II
2017: Creative Co-Workers gallery space, Vancouver, BC – the Best of BC – PPOC Travelling Print Exhibition during Capture Photography Festival
2016: North Burnaby Neighbourhood House, Burnaby, BC – North Burnaby Photo Connection member show
2016: VanDusen Botanical Garden, Vancouver, BC – Light and Form
2016: No. 3 Road Art Columns Public Art (How Art Works) Program, Richmond, BC
2016: Encore Café, Burnaby, BC – Burnaby Photographic Society member exhibition
2016: Deer Lake Gallery, Burnaby, BC – Luminescence
2016: Roundhouse Community Arts Centre, Vancouver, BC – PPOC-BC PHOTOGraphie festival and exhibition
2015: Anvil Centre, New Westminster, BC – PPOC-BC PHOTOGraphie festival and exhibition
2014: Anvil Centre, New Westminster, BC – PPOC-BC PHOTOGraphie festival and exhibition
2018: AMP Studio, Vancouver, BC – Vocal Point during Capture Photography Festival
2017: North Burnaby Neighbourhood House, Burnaby, BC – New Photographic Heights
2017: AMP Studio, Bending Light, Vancouver, BC
2017: G&F Financial, Burnaby, BC – Local Abstracts
2018: PPOC-BC Image Salon – Four images accepted, two of them Excellence and one Merit
2018: PPOC National Image Salon – Three images accepted, one of them with Merit and one with Merit and added to PPOC National Loan Collection
2016: PPOC-BC Image Salon – Three images accepted with Excellence
2015: PPOC National Image Salon – Two images accepted, one of them with Merit
2015: CAPA Crescent Beach Black & White Print Challenge – Bronze medal
2014: PPOC National Image Salon – Three images accepted, one of which was added to PPOC National Loan Collection
Volunteer Roles in the Arts Community
2014-2018: Assistant Director, Living Room Art in the Heights. Burnaby, BC
2018: Exhibition Director, the Best of BC – PPOC Travelling Print Exhibition during Capture Photography Festival, Deer Lake Gallery, Burnaby, BC
2015: Print Exhibition Coordinator, Burnaby Photographic Society Showcase event, Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby, BC
2013 – 2015: Projected Images Co-Chair, Burnaby Photographic Society, Burnaby, BC
Clubs, Groups and Associations
Member Burnaby Photographic Society, joined 2013
Accredited member of Professional Photographers of Canada, joined 2013
Member Burnaby Arts Council, joined 2016
Member North Burnaby Photo Connection, 2016-2017