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Jim Grundy

Born: 1956

Hometown: London

Based in: London

Jim studied Fine Art: Painting at Maidstone College of Art in the late 1970s. Alongside the development of his own practice he has had a parallel career in art installation and management which includes two decades work at the Tate Gallery, realising some extraordinary exhibitions of the world’s most inspiring artists. In his role as Head of the Art Handling department he also collaborated with architects on the design of galleries and art storage facilities, most notably Tate Modern and the Centenary Development at Tate Britain. He joined an international art shipping, installation and storage company in 2006 as Director of Art Operations. In addition to managing museum exhibition and storage projects, he project managed the development of five large scale museum standard storage facilities. He is currently working as a full time artist based at his London studio.

Jim has exhibited in solo and group shows as well as open studio shows in London. Most recently he has shown a selection of works at Olympia Fine Art, Red Dot Miami and Art Palm Beach art fairs in a collaboration with Steidel Fine Art. Most of his works are held in private collections.


Jim Grundy In The Studio

His paintings can appear to be in the tradition of hard edged geometric abstraction but the contrast between the fluid surfaces and areas of intense colour and their relationships are rooted in observation of the real world.

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More About Jim Grundy

Question IconWhat inspires you?

Jim Grundy’s acrylic paintings are inspired by the relationship between the colours and patterns found in the natural and built environment. The compositions are developed using mathematical processes including symmetry, reflection and rotation.

Question IconDescribe your creative process.

The interaction between chance and control is a significant factor in the development of each work. The chance element is to allow the painting to evolve and build up layers instinctively, letting gravity dictate the flow in a similar way to the process of sedimentation. The control element involves precise preliminary drawings usually mapped out on graph paper then projected and transferred onto the paint surface.

Question IconWhere do you go for inspiration?

Travelling often provides the stimulus for new work. Floor and wall tile patterns, especially from the historic towns of Spain, provided the catalyst for a series of paintings inspired by the distinctive colours of traditional Spanish houses. Similarly, the distinctive seaside colours that owners paint beach huts have inspired new works.



Affordable Art Fair Battersea

United Kingdom, 2022

Dulwich Festival Open House

United Kingdom, 2022

Art Palm Beach

United States of America, 2020

Red Dot Miami

United States of America, 2019

Olympia Art Fair

United Kingdom, 2019

Dulwich Festival Open House

United Kingdom, 2019

Dulwich Picture Gallery Open

United Kingdom, 2014

Dulwich Festival Open House

United Kingdom, 2013

Solo exhibition Jeannie Avent Gallery

United Kingdom, 2013

Dulwich Festival Open House

United Kingdom, 2005

Group exhibition Gallery 47

United Kingdom, 1993

Group exhibition Morley Gallery

United Kingdom, 1992

Group exhibition John Jones Gallery

United Kingdom, 1992

Solo exhibition The Art Haus Gallery

United Kingdom, 1991

Group exhibition Galerie Dagmar

United Kingdom, 1990

Solo exhibition Soho Poly Theatre Gallery

United Kingdom, 1986

Open Studio Space Studios

United Kingdom, 1984

Solo exhibition at Maidstone College of Art Gallery

United Kingdom, 1984

Group exhibition Woodlands Art Gallery

United Kingdom, 1984

Group exhibition at South London Art Gallery

United Kingdom, 1983

Group exhibition at Lewisham Concert Hall Gallery

United Kingdom, 1982

Solo exhibition Greenwich Theatre Art Gallery

United Kingdom, 1981

Group exhibition Rye Art Gallery

United Kingdom, 1979