Brian Graham


BrianGraham15At first glance, Brian Graham’s paintings read as deeply satisfying textured abstract compositions in thrilling combinations of earth colours.  Behind them however lies a profound fascination with and empathy for our earliest forebears and the places where they have left traces of their lives. Bringing his artist’s imagination to the knowledge derived from the latest science of palaeontology and archaeology, Brian Graham reaches back in time to mankind’s early development, where stone tools and tantalising fragments of activity give glimpses of our ancient past, in paintings that resonate strongly with core parts of our modern minds.

Ritual Discovery II 2013 acrylic on fabriano paper 38.1 x 18Touching on feelings of refuge, hearth and nurturing as well as ice, earth, fire and threat, Brian Graham’s paintings speak through the chanced upon ambiguous vestiges that are the language of archaeology.  Beech’s Pit, the first identified hearth in this country, was constructed by beings 400,000 years ago, long long before Homo Sapiens.  The oldest known worked timbers in the world are 10,000 years old and found at Star Carr in North Yorkshire. Examples like these provide much of the motivation for Brian’s output.

His 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.

His 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.

Palaeoscape, Night Journey 2013 mixed media on board 30.5 x 40.6cmPalaeoscapes is his first major exhibition in his home county of Dorset for many years. A range of about 50 paintings from small works on paper to large canvases will be on view from 1 March – 27 April 2014.

A fully illustrated catalogue is available with a foreword by Annette Ratuszniak at £10 plus £1.50 p&p.

To view the paintings please click here.

Please call Sladers Yard on 01308 459511 or email

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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