Studio visit with Grant Gilsdorf | 33 Contemporary Gallery

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 painting and exhibits nationally.

Threshold, 2020
Oil on Linen
20 × 16 in
50.8 × 40.6 cm
The Legend (XV), 2020
Oil on panel
18 × 14 in
45.7 × 35.6 cm
The Dysphoria of Being Here Now, 2019
Oil and acrylic on linen
24 × 18 in
61 × 45.7 cm