Grant Legassick is a South African artist and now works between Cape Town and the UK.
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 spent many years working as a visual effects artist in the film industry in London, where he worked under leading 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 non-existent 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.
More recently Legassick has developed his practice to explore producing works purely through digital means, managing the intricate production processes used in this camera-less approach to create large scale artworks. 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, whilst offering a modern and fresh visual approach to the subject. His pieces explore his perspective and opinions on the world around him, exploring institutions, ideas, history and our current impact on the world.
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.