Portsmouth, Hampshire, United Kingdom
About Graham Swain
"Graham's response to landscape is contemplative. Like an elaborate game of chess, works evolve through time. Creation becomes a challenge as every mark is considered as the aesthetic process unravels towards sublime resolution. Graham's preoccupations are undoubtedly formal, but his technique relies on more than simply a conscious arrangement of shape and colour. Graham aims to intuitively distil the essence of his visual experience in a much more unlimited way. Landscape provides the ideal motif; unrestricted by figures or buildings, an exploration is permitted which ultimately pervades pure creation."
MA History of Art. The Courtauld Institute of Art.
Former Art Historian and Lecturer, Tate Modern, London
"Your paintings bear scrutiny against everything you told me about your method and approach (so often people talk a good game and their work doesn't resemble its' description). They are singular and beautiful."
Trevor Flynn MAFA Goldsmiths
"I aim to quietly give beauty it's rightful position as one of the main driving forces of humanity. To cut through to the essence of what matters in an image. I am concerned with quality of line, mark-making, colour-relationship and proportion. There are no sketches or studies. It is an open, contemplative and prayerful way of working. " Graham Swain
The youngest of three brothers and the son of a retired senior Scotland Yard detective. Influenced to read architecture and paint after having been treble soloist, singing and recording in all the major cathedrals of northern France, including Chartres, Rheims, Laon, Notre Dame Paris and the Palace of Fontainbleau for Nadia Boulanger. After his degree in architecture Graham went to art college. He has always painted.
Previous selected exhibitions include:
The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour. The Mall Galleries, London.
The Royal Institute of Painters in Oil. The Mall Galleries, London.
Bashimi Art House Gallery, Salzburg, Austria.
Collections: Unilever PLC.
Funded by Arts Council England.