Grant Gilsdorf

Grant Gilsdorf

“From Pain to Vigilance”
24″ x 36″
Acrylic on Canvas
Value: $900


Ohio native Grant Gilsdorf is a contemporary realistic painter who has harnessed his paintings into a visionary storytelling device that combines images of carefully-crafted beauty existing within a brutal and gritty reality. His dark, tension-filled works mirror the narrative-driven experience of viewing a feature film, and his paintings leave the viewer contemplating their symbolic significance.

“Through my work, I seek to engage the viewer,” says Grant. “By creating realistically rendered paintings, I can present narratives in a relatable and digestive manner. Every detail can be used as another ingredient to help manipulate the mood and story, and ultimately culminates in an experience that challenges and begs the viewer to participate in the analysis of the subjects depicted.”

Grant’s piece “From Pain to Vigilance” will be featured in Art for Life on September 15. See more of his work at



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