"Fire in the Morning"
Sherrard Grauer, "Fire in the Morning," 2005, charcoal and acrylic on canvas, 48" x 36".
The Moore Gallery, Victoria
By Beverly Cramp
A painter for more than four decades, Sherrard Grauer has works in several public collections including the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Cambridge University in England and the Canada Council Art Bank. Grauer’s recent major work is a large relief painting. “It’s a hedge,” she says, which she started last winter. “It’s a big thing and I have been adding to it in minute ways. I wish I hadn’t started it because I can hardly wait to begin the companion piece.” And what is this new painting that has her itching to get started? “Another hedge,” Grauer laughs. Grauer also sculpts. She says she works on numerous projects concurrently moving between painting, relief painting and sculpture. “Each is a physical change from the other and represents a different way of working.” Schooled in Paris and San Francisco from 1958 to 1965, Grauer says she’s interested in detail work. “Light fascinates me. I use relief to reflect it,” she adds. She also describes herself as a figurative painter. “I don’t think there is such a thing as abstract painting. Whatever mark the artist makes has a reference. And the observer brings his own references to the work.”
Represented by: The Moore Gallery, Victoria; Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver.