Francis Grant




June 16, 1931 - June 23, 2013

In describing his work, Grant remarked, 

"DeKooning said, ‘A painting is something you 

cannot do.’ I try to do something I can’t do 

again (One often wishes one could). The 

painting is almost always an inevitable 

resolution through stages of development 

and is unconscious in its result, a product of continuous search."



Frank was born June 16, 1931 in Heppner, Ore., the son of Fred and Mary Grant. A few years later the family moved to New York City where he attended parochial elementary schools and public high school. After graduation Frank served two years in the U.S. Marine Corps. Upon his return to New York, he studied art under Stephen Greene from 1954 to 1957 at Parsons School of Design in New York. He then attended New York University and studied under Philip Guston at the New School for Social Research for two years. Following his university studies he traveled to Europe aboard a freight steamer where he spent several months visiting museums, sketching and experiencing what he called "a culture of great sanity and earthiness."