Contemporary South African artist Grant Legassick’s work has been exhibited at Somerset House, London, the Works on Paper Fair at the London Science Museum and toured worldwide to galleries in London, New York, Amsterdam and Athens. 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. He also won the ”Richard and Val Evens Visitors’ Choice Award (NOA 2014), Chichester, UK.
Grant Legassick was born in South Africa. He travelled extensively around Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Australia. Throughout his travels he experimented with photography, developing his instincts for elements such as composition, colour, exposure and light.
Legassick then settled in London, working as a visual effects artist under directors such as Oliver Stone, Ridley Scott, Wolfgang Petersen and Tim Burton. During this time he acquired advanced skills in compositing (the combining of visual elements from separate sources into single images) and digital matte painting (a painted representation of a landscape, set, or distant location that allows filmmakers to create the illusion of an environment that is nonexistent in real life).
Armed with these skills, Legassick began experimenting with high resolution imagery, breaking away from the traditional screen resolution of film and taking on the challenges of large format stills. The work involved became a lot more intricate, with much more detail to consider, and due to large file sizes the workflows needed to be tailored and customised.
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.