“Hugo Grenville’s work may be informed by centuries of art history, from Boticelli’s idealisation of beauty, to Patrick Heron’s love of textile or Pollock’s celebration of the medium of oil paint, but he transcends all those to find an artistic expression that is entirely his own – canvasses that capture the exuberance and timelessness of a romantic English vision.”

Helen Rosslyn, Writer and Television Presenter

Hugo Grenville first exhibited in London at the Chelsea Arts Society at the age of 15, although it took him another 14 years to become a full time painter. After leaving school he travelled the Hippy Trail to India, ran out of money, joined the Coldstream Guards and served as an officer in Northern Ireland, West Africa, Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) during the Civil War, and finally as an Aide-de-Camp to C-in-C British Army of the Rhine, during which time he painted whenever possible, and studied part-time at Chelsea School of Art and Heatherley’s.

Working first in advertising and then as an art dealer, he finally submitted to the need to paint full-time at the age of 30. With 20 one-man shows under his belt at major galleries in London, New York and Palm Beach, Hugo has forged an enviable reputation as one of the country’s leading colourist painters, resulting in invitations to lecture and teach from institutions such as Falmouth School of Art and the V & A Museum. His fabric designs were included in the Liberty’s Spring/Summer Collection of 2011, and he was short listed for the Threadneedle Prize in 2013. In 2016, Hugo was invited to have a one man show at Studio 2000, Holland.

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Hugo's work is represented in corporate, institutional and private collections in UK, USA, Canada, France, Hong Kong and Australia, including:

  • Edinburgh City Council

  • The Worshipful Company of Ironmongers

  • The Ministry of Defence

  • The China Club, Hong Kong

  • The Tresco Estate

  • Pembroke Management

  • The Duke of Devonshire

  • Searcy’s

  • Duke’s Hotel  St James’s

  • The Earl of Verulam