About Grant Pecoff
—Grant Pecoff, Artist
“As I travel and bear witness to the breathtaking scenery of our planet, I often find myself speechless and in awe of how something so beautiful can even exist. It’s as if I’m walking through a dream; the world is alive. Through my paintings, I want the viewer to feel this aliveness and reconnect with the beauty of the world, and the beauty inside of themselves.”
Gazing into a Grant Pecoff painting, you are drawn into an atmosphere where vibrant light and electric colors transform the familiar into the extraordinary. Pecoff’s art is an invitation to slide into a state where we feel alive and awake – into a setting of passionate depth and radiating energy where our hearts and imaginations are filled with possibilities.
Pecoff paints cityscapes, coastal views, buzzing cafes, the people interacting in them and, always, the light. “There are such amazing variations of color within the leaves of one tree, for example, affected so much by how the light filters through and how the shadows fall across it,” says Pecoff. His expression of light as it reflects on water is particularly stunning. He makes the light appear as if it is dancing on the waves and recreates the movement of the water using electric blues, rich oranges and fiery crimsons. His deliberate distortion of images as they are echoed on the water is whimsical and surrealistic. John Shore, editor of Décor & Style magazine refers to Pecoff’s compositions as “dreaming-while-awake oil paintings.”
A native San Diegan, Pecoff received his formal training at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. He soon realized that his real classroom was the world around him. “When I was a child, my father traveled to remote places across the globe, searching for rare plants,” Pecoff reminisces, “His stories of those experiences were enchanting to me. He taught us to notice life around us and to express our feelings. It encouraged the development of my playfulness and imagination.”
At the heart of Pecoff’s talent is his ability to share the way he sees life with the viewer. His art calls us in and shows us a new way to experience what we see. Through his painting, he communicates the essence of a culture and helps us to feel the commonality we all share. Perhaps it is this expression of our universal similarity and oneness which have created such enthusiasm from collectors near and far for Pecoff’s paintings. As his work evolves, it is certain to continue to speak to us, to shape us and to influence the way we see our world.