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." Sally-Ann Schilling 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 Director www.drawingatwork.co.uk "I am concerned with beauty, quality of line, mark-making, colour-relationship and proportion. There are no sketches or studies. It is a contemplative way of working. " Graham Swain www.artswain.com
Graham has worked as a professional painter since his early twenties.
Graham read Architecture at the University of Portsmouth. As well as his architectural background his significant influences include his experiences as treble soloist at St. Georges College, Weybridge, Surrey, singing and recording in the major cathedrals in France, Holland and Belgium, including Rheims, Chartres, Laon, Notre Dame Paris and the Palace of Fontainbleau in the presence of the great musicologist Mlle Nadia Boulanger.
Graham's landscapes are also inspired by a rich and varied personal journey, lots of country walking, designing and building gardens, living near the sea in Southsea, marrying Emily, an actress, his family and his Faith. Graham has a studio in Southsea and in Domfront, Normandy, France.
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.