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About Grant Withers

photographer, artist, visionary

BIO

Regional and national award-winning photographic artist Grant Withers is an accredited professional photographer and Craftsman of Photographic Arts with the Professional Photographers of Canada. He has shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions and his art has been included in the PPOC Loan Collection which showcases the best of Canadian photography each year. Grant is also an avid supporter of the arts in his community.

Shooting since he was a teenager armed with his father’s Pentax SLR he fell in love with B&W darkroom work and Kodachrome 64. Now he embraces the creative potential of the digital darkroom. His interdisciplinary art practice challenges conventional definitions of photography and photographers. A ‘camera-wielding visionary’, he is constantly pushing his craft and striving to be a leader in Canadian photographic art.

Grant lives with his wife and daughter near Vancouver, British Columbia on Canada’s beautiful west coast. 

Artist Statement

While the fundamentals of art and design guide my creative practice it is when I break the rules that I feel most exhilarated behind the camera. When inspiration and liberation meet, the results are magical, sometimes hard to predict and always rewarding. I create works that do more than simply express my own artistic style; I aim to engage my viewers as participants and invite them to question their own assumptions about the visual world.

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. Playful and bold experimentation are my hallmarks.

CV

Solo Exhibitions

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

Group Exhibitions

2019: UBC Robson Square, Vancouver, BC – PPOC-BC PHOTOGraphie Festival and Exhibition (first stop in 2019-2020 the Best of BC – PPOC Travelling Print Exhibition)

2019: North Burnaby Neighbourhood House, Burnaby, BC – Art Crawl Burnaby Heights

2019: Deer Lake Gallery, Burnaby, BC – Luminescence IV

2019: 100 Braid Street Studios, New Westminster, BC – UnderExposed

2019: Deer Lake Gallery, Burnaby, BC – Transition

2019: CityScape Community Art Space, North Vancouver, BC – On the Same Page: Transforming Paper

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 – 2019: 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

Volunteer Roles

2019: Visual Arts Committee Chair, inaugural Art Crawl Burnaby Heights, Burnaby, BC

2019: Co-Director, UnderExposed photo-based group exhibition, 100 Braid Street Studios, New Westminster, 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

2014 – 2018: Assistant Director, Living Room Art in the Heights community arts event, Burnaby, BC

Presentations

2019: UBC Robson Square, Vancouver, BC – Event kick-off speaker (‘Don’t think outside the box. Make a new box!’), PPOC-BC PHOTOGraphie festival and exhibition

2019: Deer Lake Gallery, Burnaby, BC – Feature Artist Talk, Transition exhibition

2019: 100 Braid Street Studios, New Westminster, BC – Salon Panelist during UnderExposed exhibition, a Capture Photography Festival event

Awards and Accolades

2019: Earned PPOC Craftsman of Photographic Arts (CPA) designation

2019: PPOC-BC Image Salon – 4 of 4 images accepted (three Awards of Merit)

2019: PPOC-BC Image Salon – Best in Class Award – Architecture

2019: PPOC-BC Image Salon – Finalist for Photographer of the Year award

2018: PPOC-BC Image Salon – 4 of 4 images accepted (one Award of Merit, two Awards of Excellence)

2018: PPOC National Image Salon – 3 of 4 images accepted (two Awards of Merit with one Merit image added to PPOC National Loan Collection)

2016: PPOC-BC Image Salon – 3 of 4 images accepted (three Awards of Excellence)

2015: PPOC National Image Salon – 2 of 4 images accepted (one Award of Merit)

2015: CAPA Crescent Beach Black & White Print Challenge – Bronze medal

2014: PPOC National Image Salon – 3 of 4 images accepted (one received an Award of Merit and was added to the PPOC National Loan Collection)

Clubs, Groups and Associations

Accredited member of Professional Photographers of Canada, joined 2013 

Member Burnaby Photographic Society, joined 2013

Member North Burnaby Neighbourhood House steering committee (community-building through the arts) and Neighbourhood Small Grants committee

Member Burnaby Arts Council, joined 2016

Member North Burnaby Photo Connection, 2016-2017

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