Keith Grinter MA&D, BFA, BBS, NDH
Keith runs the Grinter Glass studio in Whangarei, where his focus is on developing his glass blowing skills, particularly the shard pick-up technique. He works in a range of media including painted and blown glass, painting and sculpture. His paintings on canvas and glass are often based on blind contour drawings made while walking. The concept of drawing while walking was developed for his Master's degree as a means to investigate the everyday. Keith exhibits in throughout New Zealand including Te Papa, Pataka and Sarjeant galleries. He was the winner of the 2015 Westpac Northland Business Excellence Awards – Creative Northland Excellence in Arts Business Award. Two of his painted and blown works have been purchased by Sir James Wallace for the Wallace collection. Keith won The Doyle and Anne Robinson Glass prizes when he was at art school and been a finalist in the Australasian Ranamok glass prize. In 2011 he received a Merit Award for his painting Procession at the Carey Smith Awards at the Whanganui Arts Review. He has received a number of awards and prizes at the Auckland A&P show and recently won the Roco Art Award at the Ashburton Art Society exhibition.
He taught at the Quay School of Arts, UCOL, Whanganui for 3 years, where he completed a BFA in 2007. He was awarded a Masters of Art and Design (First Class) from AUT University in 2010.
He is currently mentoring distance students for The Learning Connexion.