Salzburg, Austria (PressExposure) June 05, 2009 -- Bashimi Art House Salzburg Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of recent paintings in watercolor on Paper by Graham Swain. 24th July to 13th August 2009
Organisation Director / BachModern Project Curator / Sebnem Basimi Holzer OPENING COCKTAIL 24th July Friday 6 pm Neutorstrasse 32k 5020 salzburg 0043 650 424 42 43
Who is Graham Swain?
Graham Swain read architecture at the University of Portsmouth, UK and studied painting at Portsmouth College of Art. Graham has worked as a professional painter since his early twenties. Graham can trace his artistic influences to when he was an 11-year-old school boy.
"I was the treble soloist in our school choir. We were given extraordinary opportunities to travel Europe on choir tours. We sang in many of the major cathedrals in France, Holland and Belgium, including Rheims, Chartres, Notre Dame (Paris) and the Palace of Fontainbleau. The ecclesiastical architecture mixed with performing exquisite classical works made a deep and lasting impression on me.
"Later on, I knew that I wanted to follow a discipline that could help me continue exploring this relationship. I started painting during my university studies. Architecture couldn't feed my desire to give more creatively. Painting became my refuge, my eagle's wings." Graham is married to Emily from a British professional acting family.
"Graham's response to landscape is contemplative. Like an elaborate game of chess, works evolve through time. Creation becomes a challenge as every mark is considered as the aesthetic process unravels towards sublime resolution. Graham's preoccupations are undoubtedly formal, but his technique relies on more than simply a conscious arrangement of shape and colour. Graham aims to intuitively distil the essence of his visual experience in a much more unlimited way. Landscape provides the ideal motif; unrestricted by figures or buildings, an exploration is permitted which ultimately pervades pure creation."
Sally-Ann Schilling MA History of Art, The Courtauld Institute of Art Art Historian and former lecturer at Tate Modern, London