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Vancouver artist flourishes from the roots of GRASS

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The Grass Roots…

385065_312502335443251_1455954891_nBrent Grassie has long been famed for his influential rock’n’roll jam sessions from touring across Canada with his band. Influenced by his esteemed artistic grandfather (Orris Steinburg), Grassie learned to play with brushes and instruments at a very young age. His craft grew over time but naturally stemmed from his Grassie-roots. “Being around a remarkable artist as a child made me into the man I am today” said Grassie about his grandfather. At the age of 5, Grassie started to draw lines on paper, which caught Steinburg’s eye. After a few pointers, Brent’s love for art was ignited and carried with him through high school. This burning desire to draw would consume his class time as he’d doodle skulls, waves (like Hokusai) and roses in class.

“I really like drawing skulls as they’re so mysterious to me. I often think307694_285726268120858_1168830241_n of the life that once lived atop the skull, and how they ended up in this way. My love for art starts and ends with the story beyond the canvas.”

Celebrating Differently…

As most of us celebrate Halloween with treats and costumes, Grassie celebrates differently. He pays tribute to family and friends by painting Mexican sugar skulls, celebrating Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos).

From the roots we shall flourish…

In 2011, Grassie 317021_285806454779506_1613522017_nwas commissioned by Guava Jelly (12th and Cambie) to do a series of hand painted baby clothes. Hip parents in “VanCity” were immediately drawn to his collection. Grassie’s art became legendary within the community and can be seen all over town. It was at this time that Grassroots Art Design was established on Facebook for the public to “like and share.” For the past 3 years, Brent has participated in art shows and shown his work in cafés. Currently, Grassroots Art Designs are being shown in the SBC Restaurant, located at the former Smilin’ Buddha Cabaret (109 East Hastings)

Igniting a Fire in Kits…

Grassie resides in Kitsilano with his dog, Hendrix (how very fitting), and continues to play for a living.  Grassie and Hendrix have become a beloved pair of Kitsilano’s lower east side and you’ll find them walking everyday. The two have befriended nearly everyone they pass as they embody an unmatched loving energy. These two will surely ignite a fire in us all that celebrates life, breathe and pleasures of good company.

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Kitsilano Connection

Curator by day and social butterfly at night. A lover of craft beer, ping pong at the Kitsilano Ping Pong Social Club and spending time at Kits Beach.

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