Helmut Gransow's contribution to Canadian painting has been infinitely valuable, with his combination of learned skills and a sensitiveness to his environment. Gransow was born in 1921, in Germany. He studied at the Berlin and Karlsruhe Academies of Fine Arts under Max Haus and Wilhelm Schnarrenberger. In 1949 he immigrated to Canada specifically to the Laurentians in Québec.
The name Gransow gradually became familiar to a growing public, partly through exhibitions of his graphics, monotypes and paintings, and also through his illustrations which were published in magazines such as Esquire, the Montrealer and Reader's Digest.
Helmut Gransow exhibited his work for over sixty years. Among his first public showings were two in Lille, France in 1943 and 1944. He exhibited in private and public galleries in Ottawa, Hamilton, London, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vermont.
Gransow won various awards and scholarships throughout his career. He was elected to the Society of Canadian Painters, etchers and Engravers (C.P.E.) in 1955, the Canadian Society of Graphic Arts (S.G.A.) in 1961, and the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (R.C.A.) in 1983.