Jaq Grantford is an award-winning artist, specialising in fine art and portraiture.
She has participated in a number of exhibitions, winning numerous awards, most recently winning Kennedy Art Prize.
Her work is held in the National Gallery of Victoria and many other collections, and is also is also included in the book, ‘Through the Artists’ Eyes’, which documents and showcases the pivotal Black Swan Prize years (2007-2018), now known as the Lester Prize. It can be bought at the gift shop in the Art Gallery of Western Australia.
She has had a love of art for all her life and a particular fascination with portraits and personalities.
(She also loves cats… and quite likes her children.)
List of Awards (more details can be found in full CV):
- ARC Associate Living Artist status, Art Renewal Centre.
- Winner Kennedy Prize
- Winner Cliftons Melbourne Prize, (twice finalist)
- Two time Winner of the People’s Choice Prize for the Lester Portrait Prize, (8 times finalist)
- Winner Master of Art International exhibition, Architecture Award, London
- Winner People’s Choice Shirley Hannon, (twice finalist)
- Winner Surrealism Prize, Mortimore Prize, (twice finalist)
- Four time Winner of the People’s Choice Prize for the Hidden Faces Exhibition, Victoria
- Highly Commended Black Swan Heritage Prize, (twice finalist)
- Finalist Portia Geach Portrait Prize twice
- Semi-finalist in the Doug Moran Portrait Prize 3 times
- Salon de Refuse of the Archibald
- Winner Best in Show, Gateway International Painting Competition
- Recognised in portrait Society of America – Certificate of Excellence in the International Portrait Prize, and placed 3 times in Members International Prize
- Honourable Mention Park Art Fair International, Germany
- Finalist Arc Salon International Art Prize, Art Renewal Centre two times
- Finalist Mod Portrait Prize Spain, MEAM European Museum of Modern Art
Finalist in other prizes include –
Arte Laguna Prize (Venice, Italy), Fomenar Art Prize, (Rome, Italy), Cricket Art Prize (Aust), Waverley Art Prize (Aust), Corangamarah Art Prize (Aust), Hornsby Art Prize (Aust), Xstrata Percival Portrait Award (Aust)
Portrait of Jaq Grantford’s cat Webster M Schmoozle