Brian Graham

The Great Heath

Saturday 16 March – Bank Holiday Monday 6 May 2019

Talk: Brian Graham in conversation with Professor Simon Olding Friday 26 April, 6.30pm. Tickets: £10 or £28 with dinner to follow. More…

A lavishly illustrated full-colour 40 page A4 sized catalogue is available from Sladers Yard at £15 plus £2 p&p within UK.

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, Wareham and Poole. After Gustav Holst 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, which premiered just three weeks after Hardy’s death in 1928.

Nothing save its own wild face was visible II acrylic on canvas 91.5 x 122 cm

Brian Graham’s fascination is with the mysterious brooding atmosphere of these ancient places. Many of them still remain just as he remembers them from his childhood. While keeping the awareness of its ‘great swarthy vastness’, the Great Heath paintings are based on specific places on the heath, where Graham is able to feel his way back, just as he did as an imaginative child, to life as it was for those early peoples. Layered on top of that is Hardy’s vision, and Hardy’s fabulous titles, Holst’s music and the emotions these places stir in him now. The resulting ambiguous moody paintings in deeply textured rich earth colours explore light and feeling with a thorough visceral enjoyment of paint.

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 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, 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. 

Tadnoll morning 31.5 x 22 cm acrylic on Fabriano paper £1,300

Represented between 1998 and 2012 by the Hart Gallery in London, Brian Graham’s most recent exhibition was Towards Music, exploring the evolution of music and dance through specific pieces of music and their composers, which showed at Salisbury Museum last year and then at Southampton University. This is his second exhibition at Sladers Yard. The first, in 2014, was entitled Palaeoscapes and was part of a large body of work exploring the Palaeolithic human remains found in this country.

The Great Heath, a fully illustrated catalogue is available at £15 plus £2 p&p.

Brian Graham’s paintings are shown below. To view them in a slideshow with captions please click on any image. The paintings are loaded in two batches, the works on canvas first and the works on paper second. Please scroll down to see the works on paper. All the smaller paintings are framed. The larger canvases are presented unframed and shown hanging tight against the wall. The works are available to reserve and buy now, any enquiries please call Sladers Yard on 01308 459511 or email

Brian Graham’s works on paper are shown below and will not appear in the slideshow above. Please click on an image to see them in a slide show with caption beneath. All the works on paper are framed behind glass. To enquire about Brian Graham’s work please call us on 01308 459511 or email

8 Responses to Brian Graham

  1. Brendan Farmer says:

    We love these paintings. Very atmospheric. Are the acrylic on paper framed?

  2. Brian Graham says:

    I like your art work well done

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  4. 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

  5. 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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