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Grant liked to fuse many different stylistic influences in his work, and he was particularly interested in the invigorating example of non-Western art forms. The mask-like face and symmetrical pose of Head of Eve suggests a sensual Eden by drawing on Byzantine mosaics as well as the wooden masks of the African Fang tribe. There is also a more contemporary stylistic debt to Picasso. The simplified form and intense colour lend a sense of commanding immediacy.

February 2010