Rebecca Grant De Longueuil, is a British/Filipino/French painter who currently lives in Norfolk, England, where she draws inspiration from the surrounding coastline. Rebecca’s grandfather was the late 12th Baron Raymond Grant De Longueuil, who spent his whole life in Navarrenx, South of France painting lifestyle scenes and developed his own technique with oil and petrol. Rebecca remembers vividly painting with him at the foothills of the Pyrenees. Rebecca is also fourth cousins with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Although a familiar face as a TV actress Rebecca has painted longer than she has acted, selling her works on the streets of Nottingham aged 16 with fellow artist and local treasure of Nottingham, Pete Spowage. At the age of 17 she was selected by HRH Prince of Wales to win the Young Artists Award as part of The Prince's Trust. Her painting was exhibited at Hampton Court Palace and then was gifted to the Nottingham University Hospital where doctors and nurses had previously saved her life from a severe asthma attack a year before. She soon went on to win Britain in Bloom, awarded by Princess Alexandra. Several years on, Rebecca has now sold her work worldwide to collectors in Paris, USA, London, Norfolk and Dubai. Her exhibitions include Riverside Gallery in Richmond, Oil and Water in Wandsworth, private showings at The Philippine London Embassy hosted by His Excellency the Ambassador for the Philippines, Fitzroy House and numerous theatres from The Garrick (where she painted all the cast from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest including Christian Slater) and the Lyric Theatre where she auctioned a painting of fellow actor and friend Robert Powell.
Rebecca's style takes influence from her grandfather's structured brushstrokes giving way to moments of freedom, space and theatrical drama. In Rebecca's Set Sail Collection, featured below, to celebrate The Queen's Platinum Jubilee, she was inspired by the 1900's yachts belonging to kings and queens during the Cowes racing regatta on the Isle of White, capturing the stength, relilience and sense of freedom of the ocean. Rebecca creates a background of abstract concepts and tones by using very bold brushstrokes, gold leaf and acrylic pouring paint. Upon this comes Impressionism, illustration and Cubism all utilised to construct the yacht, the people and general drama between the crew, bringing her Majestical and Mankind themes together. Some of these paintings also contain real gold and silver leaf, crushed Mother of Pearl and original Lapis Lazuli.