ONAJE GRANT-SIMMONDS

Onaje Grant-Simmonds is a Surrealist painter based in Brooklyn, NY. He is currently studying Visual Arts at Brown University and pursuing a career in the fine arts. In high school, Grant-Simmonds was very eager to begin his artistic career, starting his own brand—“Grimmonds Studios”—and studying painting and design at several programs. These include pre-college courses at Pratt Institute, MICA, and Cooper Union, as well as figure painting sessions at the Art Students League of New York. He also began his decadent series “Fauna” during the time. Grant-Simmonds has had a passion for drawing for as long as he can remember. This passion led him to aspire for a career in animation when he was a child, one in comic book illustration in middle school, and since high school a desire to become a studio artist.

A lot of Grant-Simmonds’ works are part of his illustrative Surrealist series titled “Fauna”. The series functions as a journal, with each piece acting as an entry depicting a period in his life. The paintings reveal a world of anthropomorphic animals in floral, abstract environments. Each animal stands for a different aspect of his psyche, interacting with bones, flowers, sculptures, and other elements. The media used for these pieces range from oils to gouache to other materials.

 

Education and Experience

 

  • Brown University, Class of '24. Providence, RI
  • 2019: MICA Pre College Program. Baltimore, MD
  • 2019: Cooper Union PreCollege Program. New York, NY
  • 2018: Life Drawing to Painting All Media at the Art Students League of New York. New York, NY
  • 2018: Figuring drawing class at the Brooklyn Museum. Brooklyn, NY
  • 2017: Youth Insights at the Whitney Museum of American Art. New York, NY
  • 2017: BCAPteen Film Senior Internship. Brooklyn, NY
  • 2016-2017: Bklyn Library Youth Council. Brooklyn, NY
  • 2016: BCAPteen Film Internship. Brooklyn, NY

 

Awards

 

  • 2020: Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Silver Key. New York, NY
  • 2022: Second Place Award for the Providence Art Club College Scholarship Exhibition. Providence, RI

 

Exhibitions

 

  • 2022: The Black Biennial at the RISD Museum’s Gelman Gallery. Providence, RI
  • 2022: Providence Art Club College Scholarship Exhibition. Providence, RI
  • 2022: Brown University’s 42nd Annual Juried Student Exhibition. Providence, RI
  • 2021: Flow Fest. Providence, RI
  • 2021: Ashenfelter Slous McDonough & Trevenen, LLP. Montclair, NJ
  • 2022: New York Academy of Art SURP Exhibition

 

Publications

 

  • 2020: ”Prospect Park Is the (Only) Place to Be: One October weekend of socially distanced socializing.” The Cut
  • 2022: “Providence Art Club displays works from Rhode Island College Students.” The Brown Daily Herald
  • 2022: “Providence Art Club displays works from Rhode Island College Students.” Prestigious Scholarships

 

ONAJE GRANT-SIMMONDS