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.
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’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.
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