We are delighted to show a selection of Brian Graham’s Great Heath paintings in this exhibition of Dorset art.
Celebrated by Thomas Hardy, the heath originally stretched between Dorchester where Hardy grew up and Bournemouth where Brian Graham grew up. As an important habitat, it is now being restored by the National Trust, RSPB and Natural England amongst others. For Hardy it was the atmospheric setting for TheReturn of the Native and also appeared in The Mayor of Casterbridge as a form of Shakespearean elemental heath. Brian Graham’s paintings feel their way back in time to the periods Hardy described and also much further back inspired by the Paleolithic and Bronze Age remains that have been found in the area. These paintings bring Brian Graham back to his own earliest childhood memories; memories which seem to have shaped a part of his dreams and emotional landscape ever since. Brian’s experimental and exploratory use of colour, tone and texture speak to the heart. The paintings in the exhibition are shown immediately below with a fuller collection of the works further down the page. Viewings of particular paintings not in the exhibition can be arranged by appointment. Please contact the gallery with any enquiries on t: 01308 459511 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Now based in Purbeck, artist Brian Graham has enjoyed a lifelong fascination with places where evidence of our earliest human ancestors has been found. His work has been enthusiastically embraced by archaeologists and art lovers alike. 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 entitled Starting From Scratch.
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 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, who represented him in London between 1998 and 2012.
Brian Graham’s first solo show at Sladers Yard, Palaeoscapes in 2014, featured paintings of the places where Palaeolithic human remains have been found in this country. In 2018 Brian Graham’s exhibition Towards Music, exploring the evolution of music and dance through specific pieces of music and their composers, showed at Salisbury Museum and then at Southampton University. Sladers Yard first showed The Great Heath paintings in a solo show in 2019. In 2021, Professor Simon Olding wrote a lecture for the Thomas Hardy Society which was published in The Thomas Hardy JournalXXXVII, entitled “‘A vague stretch of remoteness’: Brian Graham’s paintings of Egdon Heath (https://research.uca.ac.uk/5674/)
A lavishly illustrated full-colour 40 page A4 sized catalogue, The Great Heath, is available from Sladers Yard at £10 plus £2 p&p within UK.
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We love these paintings. Very atmospheric. Are the acrylic on paper framed?
Thanks for your interest and enquiry. Yes, the works on paper are all framed. Would you like a photo of any of them in their frame? Let me know which one you like most? email@example.com is the email address. All best, Anna
I like your art work well done
Many thanks for your kind comment. I’m sure our Brian Graham will be pleased to be praised by another Brian Graham!
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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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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