Gay Black Cats M.C. banner for Grayson Perry / Serpentine Gallery
In the 1970s Kit became established in New York as a painter, represented by the Holly Solomon Gallery and as a designer by Art et Industrie. As an illustrator, he was a regular contributor to The New York Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, and Esquire. In the same period, he was commissioned by companies such as Bergdorf Goodman, Moët et Chandon, The Hard Rock Café, Tower Records, and CBS Records among many others. He moved permanently to England in 1984 and since 1995 his work has predominantly involved retail interiors & product design. A commission to create and manufacture merchandise for an exhibition at Tate Modern gave a new direction to Kit Grover’s work.
Violin Plates for Michael Craig-Martin / Glyndebourne Opera
Where do you tend to find your inspiration?
From the heavens, street and gutter.
What do you think the role of an artist is in todays society?
To give and to be as honest as you can, but that goes for everyone. But that doesn’t mean everyone is an artist.
Is there a message you aim to portray through your work?
No single message, just clarity of intention whatever that may be.
Can you discuss one of your previous favourite projects and why it resonated with you the most?
I am proud to have won the Museums & Heritage Award for Best Shop Design 2019 at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead. It was a favourite long before I won the award because the people at Baltic, the shop fitters, and the general contractors were so generous, engaged, and collaborative that I felt unobstructed and respected. For me the award feels as though it celebrates what the power of process and creative relationships can achieve.
What work of art or design do you wish you had made?
Today, I think Banksy’s stab-proof vest worn by Stormzy at Glastonbury is the most powerful work of art I have seen in ages. It’s just a perfect, if very painful, tragic object. Perhaps his best work yet.
Swear Box for Gilbert & George / Tate
Feel Better Now scarf for Mark Titchner / Tate
Alphabet Blocks for Bob & Roberta Smith / Tate
Everybody Dies / The National Theatre
Anamorphic cup for Damien Hirst /Tate
Can you explain a bit about the design you have created: Rights To Love
I want to draw attention to each of the articles of the Human Rights Act in a very simple way so that people think about them all the time.