Grant Gilsdorf

15th Annual ARC Salon (2020-2021)

Grant Gilsdorf

United States

Grant Gilsdorf is an emerging figurative painter living and working in Columbus, Ohio. While it is difficult to place his work in the lane of a singular genre, his paintings combine elements of realism, symbolism, and portraiture in a uniquely spellbinding fashion.


Grant’s work often features figures in direct communication with the viewer. Their meticulously rendered faces gaze out in arresting intensity. When combined with the symbolism, or “clues” (as the artist calls them) found within each piece, viewers discover greater narratives hidden within the paintings.


He graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2006. His work is held in private collections and has been covered in various blogs, magazines, and books. He currently teaches and exhibits nationally.

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