Graham’s paintings interrogate fragments of the photographic universe that drift into his frame of reference. This self-conscious study reflects an inner world of valences and significance, within the postdigital condition of hyper-mediation. Transcoding shared visual imagery from the multiple to the single, Graham’s practice maintains that the simple act of paying attention is political, one that can be an act of resistance.
Disparate content is redeemed by the language of paint, subverting hierarchies and divisions. Picture-objects conflate surface illusion with material substance, superficiality with depth. Incoherence serves to maintain a critical distance between artist, artwork, and audience. This detachment, further engendered by diverse imagery and substrate, creates a poised stalemate. The scripted dissonance aims to move from frustration, to a sense of indeterminate potentiality.
Born 1983 South Africa. Lives and works in West Sussex.
2020 – MA Fine Art; City and Guilds London Art School
2019 – Winsor & Newton artist residency; London
2001 – Runner-up; Gilchrist-Fisher Award; Rebecca Hossack Gallery; London
2001 – Andrew Grant Memorial bequest; Edinburgh College of Art
2001 – Ba(hons) Drawing and Painting; Edinburgh College of Art