Grant Legassick is a talented South African photographer and artist, who currently lives and works between Cape Town and London. He studied Graphic Art then travelled extensively around Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Australia. Throughout his travels he experimented with photography, developing his instincts for composition, colour, exposure and light. He was shortlisted in the Ashurst Emerging Artist prize 2015, the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards, the 2014 National Open Art Competition, the 2014 Lumen Prize, the 2014 Celeste Prize, the 2014 International Colour Awards, and the 2012 International Colour Awards.
Grant Legassick’s work has been exhibited at Somerset House, London, the Works on Paper Fair at the London Science Museum and is also currently touring worldwide to galleries in London, New York, Vancouver, Amsterdam and Athens. He has recently been shortlisted in the Ashurst Emerging Artist prize 2015, the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards, the 2014 National Open Art Competition, the 2014 Lumen Prize, the 2014 Celeste Prize, the 2014 International Colour Awards, and the 2012 International Colour Awards. He also won the ”Richard and Val Evens Visitors’ Choice Award (NOA 2014), Chichester, UK.
Legassick’s background in visual effects, combined with his intuitive photographic style, has enabled him to produce a collection of unique works. Merging cutting edge digital mastery with beautiful scenes, his technique and the resulting images find a new depth to photography, whilst offering a modern and fresh visual approach to the subject.
The Urban etching series is a definitive study of an urban environment comprising multiple images layered over one another, giving the impression of a fine, delicate pencil drawing or metal etching. Each “Etching” deconstructs a city environment, replacing form and structure with the ebb and flow of movement, reducing a city’s rigid formalism into a metaphysical yet poetic mutability, leaving the viewer with a deep perspective and a sometimes unnerving view. The bustle of the fragile figures, intently focused on multiple human schedules, highlights the disparity with a gentler pastoral lifestyle.
Each piece is made up of hundreds of photo’s which are stitched together and tone-mapped, creating a master photograph as a starting point. Then, as a painter applies his paint, layer upon layer to his canvas, he begins to digitally work through his image, selecting areas to enhance and others to subdue, compositing individually shot detailed elements, adjusting contrast and opacity to ensure each layers visibility is subtly absorbed and compacted into the composition.
These ethereal aggregations depict Legassick’s commentary on the human condition in our modern world, raising questions about our relationship with time, the collective experience, forgetfulness and memory.