Paintings and memorabilia from the popular American pastime that forever changed what it meant to be an “artist”
Featuring paintings, kits, sketches, archival material & artist proofs from the private collection of former Paint By Number designer Peggy “Brennan” Grant, as well as canvases collected by her dear friend, the late Ann Goodridge
In November 2017, 20 North Gallery began exhibiting select pieces from the Paint By Number collections of Peggy Grant and the late Ann Goodridge, as part of a celebration of Peggy Grant’s career in the arts, coinciding with the sale of her fine art collection. The reminiscences and accolades resulting from that Paint By Number showing have prompted this special exhibition of historic paintings, kits, sketches, archival material and artist proofs from the private collection of former Paint By Number designer Peggy “Brennan” Grant, as well as canvases collected by her dear friend, the late Ann Goodridge—an exhibit that explores the popular American pastime that forever changed what it meant to be an “artist.”
This is not the first exhibition that has featured Grant’s Paint By Number collection, but the first that is available for sale to the public. In 1999, the Bowling Green State University (Ohio) Popular Culture Archive mounted an exhibit of several significant pieces that Peggy Grant donated to their collection: prototypes, numbered breakdowns and finished paintings created by her or her late husband Adam. Then, in 2001, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History (Washington, D.C.) presented the blockbuster exhibit, Paint By Number: Accounting for Taste in the 1950s. Many works now on display here were part of that year-long exhibition, along with much of the personal collection of Paint By Number pioneer, Dan Robbins. Robbins and Grant served as consultants to the Smithsonian exhibit, drawing upon their long careers at Craft Master, founder of the Paint By Number brand.
Ann Goodridge (b. 1939 – d. 2016) was a prominent Toledo collector, whose private fine art collection numbered several Adam Grant masterwork canvases. After becoming a close friend of Peggy Grant, Goodridge began to build an extensive collection of Paint By Number canvases, in tribute to the Grants indelible rôle as two of the original designers in this American popular culture phenomenon. Goodridge’s Paint By Number collection focuses on canvases that were designed by Adam and Peggy Grant during their time at the Craft Master company. Adam Grant specialized in landscapes, dancers, adaptations of art masterpieces and nudes. Peggy Grant’s specialties were horses, dogs and sporting scenes.
The revised edition of The Grant & Goodridge Paint By Number Collections catalogue, containing images of all of the canvases on display and available for sale in the exhibition, will be posted here soon.
With the exception of a few archival items, all of the collected work is available for purchase.
For purchase inquiries, please contact 20 North Gallery:
419-241-2400 or firstname.lastname@example.org