Graham was born in North East Essex in 1980 and has always been interested in painting. After experimenting with different mediums and styles he developed a passion for oil painting. Most of Graham’s paintings are inspired by small, seemingly insignificant observations, such as a fleeting play of light or subtle changes in colour observed in the landscape of East Anglia.
A lot of Graham’s work is completed from life, often taking the form of plein air oil sketches or information drawings using a graphite stick or ink. These sketches influence the style and painterly quality captured in his studio work.
Graham believes that a painting should be more than a copy of nature and through expressive brushstrokes and careful consideration of colour and tone, it’s possible to create work with energy and a sense of light and place. The paintings hope to capture an initial reaction to the subject and translate that idea to the viewer.
Exhibiting regularly in Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk and London Graham’s work has also been shown at the annual exhibitions of The Royal Institute of Oil Painters, The Royal Society of Marine Artists and The Royal Society of British Artists at the Mall Galleries, London. In 2012 Graham’s work was selected as part of theLynn Painter-Stainers Prize Exhibition, touring the Mall Galleries and WH Patterson, London. In 2012 Graham received the Menena Joy Schwabe Memorial Award for an outstanding oil painter at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters annual exhibition. He was also the winner of the Daler-Rowney Prize, IEA Committee’s Choice for a group of paintings shown at the Institute of East Anglian Artists annual exhibition.
Graham is an Associate member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, an Associate member of the Institute of East Anglian Artists and a member of the East Anglian Group of Marine Artists.
NOVEMBER 2015 – Graham has been promoted to Full Member Status of the IEA after this years Open Exhibition