Brian Graham

The Great Heath

Saturday 16 March – Bank Holiday Monday 6 May 2019

A magnificent new collection of work exploring the great heath of imagination, literature and music, where personalities are stripped down and passions played out. Thomas Hardy’s The Return of the Native is set on Egdon Heath, a semi-fictional wild heathland dotted with tumuli, parts of which still remain between Dorchester, Wimborne and Poole. After Gustav Holst to walked with Hardy on the heath, the composer wrote Egdon Heath: A Homage to Thomas Hardy, the piece he considered his most perfectly realised composition.

Brian Graham – Haggard Egdon II

Artist Brian Graham grew up overlooking the heath. His childhood games on the Bronze Age barrows have inspired a lifelong fascination with archaeology which he explores in paintings that hover between abstract and the figurative. Now in his seventies, he revisits these atmospheric places in many layered textured paintings.


Brian Graham’s work has been enthusiastically embraced by archaeologists and anthropologists working in this area. The Natural History Museum, London, possesses and has exhibited one of his portfolio works, The Book of Boxgrove. In January 2009 he shared a Nature Live Event there, entitled Boxgrove Art and Artefacts, with Professor Chris Stringer, Merit Researcher at the Natural History Museum and co-author with Professor Peter Andrews of another publication about Brian’s work, Starting From Scratch.

Brian Graham – A stunted thorn stands here and there II

Brian Graham’s work is in several prestigious private collections and in many public collections including The National Museum of Wales, the art galleries of Dorchester, Southampton, Leicester, Huddersfield and York as well as the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Southampton and London. In 2008, Brian Graham was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts by Bournemouth University where for some years he has acted as visual arts consultant. Also that year, a richly illustrated hardback monograph, Brian Graham, Flint and Flame, written by critic and broadcaster Charlotte Mullins was published by Hart Gallery. Represented between 1998 and 2012 by the Hart Gallery in London, Graham produced several solo exhibitions, mainly for their Islington Gallery, participated in many International  Art Fairs, including London, Nimes and Geneva, and has taken part in numerous group shows.

A fully illustrated catalogue is available at £10 plus £1.50 p&p.

Please call Sladers Yard on 01308 459511 or email

Brian Graham – A vague stretch of remoteness

6 Responses to Brian Graham

  1. Brian Graham says:

    I like your art work well done

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  3. Terry Spickett says:

    I met Brian Graham some years ago when he was Art Director of a Bournemouth marketing company and have fond memories of a very nice man. We have four of his paintings which date back to the early 1990`s which my wife and I love. Please let us know if Brian is exhibiting at any time in our neck of the woods – we live in Monmouthshire – and please remember me to him.

    Terry Spickett

  4. Lois Sykes says:

    I’m trying to find a book called Flint and Flame published by Hart Galleries of Brian Graham’s work. Can’t find anything anywhere, his work is stunning. Your help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

    • Sladers Yard says:

      We stock Flint and Flame here and can send a copy on to you. Unfortunately I have just sold out. I will have more when Brian next comes over. Meanwhile if you would like to email me on with your phone number and address I will see whether I can get a copy sent to you direct and we can take payment over the phone. Delighted you like his work and many thanks for your interest. Best wishes, Anna Powell

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