Above: detail of 'The Smoothing (II)', silicone on canvas, 2022.


(Ever) since 2020, Grainger has been making ‘tangible joy’ with tubes of silicone and a simple caulking gun, producing bold works that straddle the fields of sculpture, painting, drawing and installation.

Grainger’s early career was as a self-taught photographer-designer-illustrator working for clients across the UK in the arts, music and creative industries.

During their 30s, wanting to transition to an art practice, a BA in fine art was studied at Birmingham School of Art, UCE, graduating with a first in 2003. Work on graduation was selected for New Contemporaries and subsequent residencies were invited for the New Art Gallery Walsall, and Cultural City Network, Graz, Austria. Group exhibitions included Space Banana Birmingham, Shoreditch Town Hall London, Glasgow International Art Festival and Gallery Works Osaka Japan. 

Focussing for a period on 'the photograph as object’ Grainger undertook an MA in (fine art) Photography at London College of Communications, University of the Arts London, graduating in 2009. Group exhibitions around this time included The Photographers Gallery London, Phoenix Gallery Brighton and The Gothenburg Museum of Art in Sweden. Work was also added to the public collections of The University of the Arts London and the National Science and Media Museum.

From 2016, there began a period returning to a broader material and process based sculptural practice, making installations along coastlines and works sited at their home-studio-garden. This led on to a two year independent project creating a gallery/installation space and sculpture garden in a former cottage open to the public.

Building on the works made with silicone during the prior project (a material originally experimented with during the first year BA), from 2020, Grainger developed a more singular studio practice based solely on works including the material.

Group exhibitions in 2022 included The Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition; The Royal Society of Sculptors Summer Show (after being elected a member in 2021); The Royal West of England Academy Annual Open and Wells Art Contemporary. The year also culminating in winning the inaugural Pangolin Digital Ltd Sculpture Prize.

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Above: with 'After (Party)' summer 2022.