Biography of Frank Grisdale
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Frank Grisdale was born in Edmonton in 1954, where he is now a Managing Director of a major bank-owned brokerage operation. He has a wife and a daughter, both of whom are brilliant and beautiful.
Frank’s pursuit of the ‘perfect landscape’ began in 1976 when he volunteered as a photographer in Lesotho, which is a desolate island nation completely surrounded by the Republic of South Africa. While traveling alone for four months through the isolated mountain villages, Frank had the luxury of time to shoot hundreds of rolls of film for both the people of Lesotho and for his own personal work. It was photographing high up in the cold Drakensburg mountain range that set Frank on his progression towards his current work: color landscapes of Western North America with a very unique style.
The Canadian Embassy, Tokyo, Japan
Canadian Consulate, Munich, Germany
The Government of Alberta, Canada
The Royal Alberta Museum, Edmonton Canada
The Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Alberta Canada
The Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
The Republic of Mexico (gift of the Alberta Government)
Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation, Edmonton, Canada
The Banff Centre for Mountain Culture – Archive Collection, Banff Alberta Canada
CIBC World Markets, Waterloo, Canada
Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, USA
Alberta Investment Management Corporation, Edmonton, Canada
Hyatt Regency, Atlanta, USA
Group Show – 2011 – 3rd International Falconry Festival, Jahili Fort, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi UAE
Solo Show – 2011 – Amerika Haus, Munich Germany
Group Show – 2010 – The Iris Gallery, Boston, USA
Group Show – 2009 – Idea Generation Gallery, London England
Solo Show – 2009 – Canadian Embassy, Prince Takamado Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Solo Show – 2009 – Peter Robertson Gallery, Edmonton
Group Show – 2008 – The First International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Chapingo ‘08,
“Art with Roots in the Earth” – Universidad Autónoma Chapingo, Texcoco, Estado de México
Group Show – 2006 – The Centre For Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins Colorado, USA
Group Show – 2006 – “From The Permanent Collection” – The Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
Group Show – 2006 – “Here are Your Waters” – The 2006 Green Photo Festival – Green Foundation – Sejong
Centre for the Performing Arts, Seoul, followed by a tour of a further five cities of South Korea
Solo Show – 2006 – “Waiting For The Light” – The Iris Gallery of Fine Art Photography – Great Barrington, MA
Solo Show – 2006 – The Gallery at Chateau Whistler – Whistler, B.C., Canada
Solo Show – 2006 – Grande Prairie Museum, Grande Prairie Alberta Canada
Group Show – 2005 – West End Gallery – Edmonton Alberta Canada
Solo Show – 2004 – Marjorie Wood Gallery – Red Deer Alberta Canada
Solo Show – 2003 – The Photography Room, Grand Rapids Michigan, USA
Solo Show – 2003 – Yukon Arts Centre, Whitehorse Yukon Canada
Group Show – 2002 – The Photography Room, Grand Rapids Michigan, USA
Group Show – 2002 – Museo Naxionale Della Montagna Torino, Italy
Group Show – 2002 – The Banff Centre for Mountain Culture, Banff Canada
Solo Show – 2002 – “Jasper Photographs” Jasper Park Lodge Jasper Canada
Solo Show – 2002 – “Waiting For The Light” – Royal Museum of Alberta, Edmonton Canada
Grants and Awards
International Colour Awards – London UK – 2011 – Nominee in the Wildlife (professional) category for the Eagle portrait series. Chosen from a selection of 13,321 professional and amateur entries from 69 countries worldwide. Considered the leading international award honouring colour photography.
City of Edmonton – Alberta, Canada – 2008 – Individual Artist Grant, in support of Tokyo Exhibition.
International Color Awards – London UK – 2007 – Nominee in the Fine Art (professional) category at the 2nd Annual Photography Masters Cup. Over 15,000 images are reviewed from 69 countries. Awarded title of Color Master.
Prix de la Photographie Paris – Paris, France – 2007 & 2008 Honorable Mention. The “Prix de la Photographie, Paris” (Px3) strives to promote the appreciation of photography, to discover emerging talent, and introduce photographers from around the world to the artistic community of Paris. Px3 Judges: leading editors, publishers, curators, gallery owners, creative directors, and art directors.
Photography Masters Cup Yearbook – 2008
Here Are Your Waters – 2006 – Green Foundation, Korea – Exhibition catalog. 32 international photographers’ images of water. Includes work by Sally Gall, Bruno Barbey, Eve Arnold, Martin Parr, Larry Towell, Steve McCurry, Don Hong-Oai, Eric Fredine and David Burdeny.
Carte Blanche – May 2006 – A compendium of modern Canadian photography. Featuring over 230 photographers selected by 17 jurors nationwide. A collection celebrating the best practicing photographers in Canada today, with the aim of bringing international recognition to the Canadian arts community.