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FOUND HIS FEET: Grantley Huggins

HERE’S SOMEONE who is proof that genuine talent never fades regardless of what life throws at you – and it’s never too late to give something a second chance.

Artist Grantley Huggins will be the first to admit that personal issues and relationship break-ups have taken their toll over the years.

At his lowest ebb he was homeless and out of work after a series of crises left him struggling to cope with everyday life.

But now St Kitts-born Huggins feels he’s been through the relationship mill enough times to be able to lecture on the subject.

“It’s taken me quite a while to find my feet because relationship break-ups are traumatic,” says father-of-eight Huggins.
“You lose a bit of your soul each time, but I’m happy to say I’m on good terms with all my children.”

Life has turned around for the former graphic artist who has now returned to painting and has just finished holding an exhibition in Birmingham. He is now hoping to launch a new career painting in his chosen media of oil and acrylic.

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“I would love to paint in restaurants – just give me a wall to work on,” joked Huggins, whose brother Tyrone is a well known actor playwright who had considerable success with The Honey Man. He has also worked on an epic narrative of the Caribbean Diaspora.

Grantley first became aware of his artistic ability at the age of seven when he was asked at school to create an image of an angel. After leaving Duddeston Manor School he went to the independent Byam Shaw School of Art in Kensington but didn’t finish his degree course.

He then went on to work as a graphic artist and then set up a successful business designing logos.

Grantley, who has a 15-month-old son with his current partner, says he is now properly focussed for the first time in his life and plans to make a successful business with his art work.

“I’ve learned that it’s never too late to pick yourself up and start again and that is what I am doing,” he said.
Anyone wanting to contact Grantley can do so at gnubiart2@live.co.uk

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