Grant Kernan

About the Artist

Grant Kernan was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1955, but when he was just five months old his family moved to Napanee, Ontario. The family later moved to the North Shore of the St. Lawrence River, by the island of Montreal, before moving back to Saskatoon, where he took the first year of a Fine Arts course at the University of Saskatchewan.

Kernan continued his art studies in Baltimore, Maryland, and then returned for another year at the University of Saskatchewan, but he left before receiving a degree. Kernan later spent six years working as a photographer in the College of Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan. In 1984 he opened AK Photos in Saskatoon which specializes in providing service to photographers, producing  CibachromeCibachrome (now known as Ilfachrome) is “is a dye destruction positive-to-positive photographic process used for the reproduction of slides on photographic paper.” (Wikipedia) For information on cibachrome, go to: Ilfochrome (cibachrome) at Wikipedia: Cibachrome, The Colour Print:    prints and restoring old prints. As the technology advanced he began printing on wide body inkjet printers, from 4x5 and 8x10 transparencies.

As  digitalA system of representing images or objects through numbers. These numbers can then be re-interpreted by another digital system to generate light and sound.  photography has made the older large-format lenses and cameras less desirable, Kernan has purchased this equipment at bargain prices on eBay. He enjoys experimenting with the old lenses and cameras, as well as new technology.

Grant Kernan now lives and works in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. He recently acquired a camera adapter that allows him to make 360 degree panorama photographs without “stitching” images together in a computer.  “It allows me to take photos with incredible detail and resolution,” Kernan says. “I like to take everything to the highest level I can. I’m currently experimenting with blowing up photos and printing them on uncoated inkjet paper, and then I paint on them with paint or watercolours, creating unique, one-of-a-kind multimedia works of art.”  (personal correspondence with the author)

Kernan moved from Saskatoon to British Columbia in late 2007. He is a member of the Cowichan Valley Art Studio Tour, a group of about 30 artists who welcome travelers to studios scattered up and down the valley each summer.


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