The Liverpool Academy of Arts
Grahame can hardly remember a time when he didn't draw or paint. His parents were keen churchgoers and they soon realised that they could keep young Grahame quiet during the sermons with paper and pencils.
His style was shaped by the sixties psychedelia. He acknowledges earlier influences by Gauguin, Matisse and Vermeer but feels he has now found his own style. In his view -"When you are younger it's harder to escape from your influences, but as you get older you begin to discover yourself." For Grahame painting is a lifetime's adventure with a destination you never reach. He says "It's something which I can't not do. Creating something is strange. You spend all your time working with something that is not right and then, when you get it right you put it aside and start something else. But if you are lucky the painting starts to acquire a life of its own. Like taking a dog for a walk and the dog starts leading you."
His paintings are brilliantly coloured, rather magical pieces, including landscapes which have a nostalgic, picture book quality, like images of a world like ours, but not quite. Though he may find inspiration from the river estuary he doesn't consider himself to be a Merseyside artist. In his own words - "I'm more of a north west artist. I suspect I could live anywhere. Nature comes into it but it's also imagination."
Below are images of some of the work exhibited here. Just click on the image to see it full size in our viewer:-
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