Jaq Grantford

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Jaq Grantford was recently granted the status of an ARC Associate Living Artist (Arc Renewal Centre). She is based in Australia and specialises in fine art and portraiture. She has participated in numerous exhibitions, winning many awards, most recently winning Kennedy Art Prize.

Her work is held in the National Gallery of Victoria and many other collections.
She has had a love of art for all her life and a particular fascination with portraits and personalities.
(She also loves cats who are her constant companions in the studio.)

Selected list of  Grants and Awards


  • ARC Associate Living Artist status, Art Renewal Centre
  • Winner Kennedy Prize
  • Winner Cliftons Melbourne Prize, (twice finalist)
  • Two-time winner of the People’s Choice Prize for the Lester Portrait Prize, (8 times finalist)
  • Winner Master of Art International exhibition, Architecture Award, London
  • Winner People’s Choice Shirley Hannon, (twice finalist)
  • Winner Surrealism Prize, Mortimore Prize, (twice finalist)
  • Four-time winner of the People’s Choice Prize for the Hidden Faces Exhibition, Victoria
  • Highly Commended Black Swan Heritage Prize, (twice finalist)
  • Finalist Portia Geach Portrait Prize twice
  • Semi-finalist in the Doug Moran Portrait Prize 3 times
  • Salon de Refuse of the Archibald
  • Winner Best in Show, Gateway International Painting Competition
  • Recognised in portrait Society of America – Certificate of Excellence in the International Portrait Prize, and placed 3 times in Members International Prize
  • Honourable Mention Park Art Fair International, Germany
  • Finalist Arc Salon International Art Prize, Art Renewal Centre two times
  • Finalist Mod Portrait Prize Spain, MEAM European Museum of Modern Art


Finalist in other prizes include –

Arte Laguna Prize (Venice, Italy), Fomenar Art Prize, (Rome, Italy), Cricket Art Prize (Aust), Waverley Art Prize (Aust), Corangamarah Art Prize (Aust), Hornsby Art Prize (Aust), Xstrata Percival Portrait Award (Aust)


* This statement has been provided directly by the artist in association to their 15th International ARC Salon entries. This content has not been edited for typos or grammatical errors and has not been vetted for accuracy.