Paul Grime

1956 -

Artist. Born in Stockport (Cheshire), his father was a doctor and mother an artist, Grime was raised in Newcastle-under-Lyme and then rural Banffshire, attending Banff Academy. He studied drawing and painting at Edinburgh College of Art and developed an interest in mural painting. Grime began working on community projects with the Craigmillar Festival Society, creating murals inside the Jack Kane Centre to celebrate the history of Craigmillar (1979) and was involved in the enormous Bingham Mermaid. He also painted a mural on an iron foundry in Bonnybridge (Falkirk), which was recreated on the walls of Bonnybridge Community Centre in 2016.

In 1981, Grime founded Artist's Collective with Tim Chalk (b.1955) and David Wilkinson, working on community projects. Chalk and Grime continued to work together as Street Artworks (1984-88) and then as Chalk & Grime (1988-94). They created community art and street murals, the latter often on an enormous scale, such as their much-admired works in Hawkhill (Dundee) and North Junction Street, Leith, both celebrating the history of their respective communities.

Other works include panels on the Promenade, Portobello (1994), Journey (1996) and Gateway (2000) in Castlemilk, Fossil Fire in the National Mining Museum Scotland (1999), Pattern and Place formed from porcelain tiles on the Esplanade in Lerwick (1999). Working with Jeremy Cunningham, Grime has created several works in Dundee, including the Dundee International Submarine Memorial (2009).

He is now based in Morebattle in the Scottish Borders, with his wife the ceramic artist Helen Kemp.

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