About the Artist

[Tucson, AZ_ b. 1986 Melbourne Fl.]

Many of Graham’s paintings are naturalist in subject, expanding upon the traditions of both landscape and narrative genre painting. His work often features synthetic reproductions of organic material - a nod to the commercial interests of tourist economies. A long-time resident and environmental advocate of two coastal communities, Graham’s work has been heavily influenced by the low-lying areas along the Eastern seaboard and the Gulf Coast region of the United States. For these communities, the cultivation and erosion of public perception remains as important to livelihoods as the physical adaption to the changing land. His work borrows a “high water mark” aesthetic, depicting entangled combinations of organic sediment and smaller refined objects that remain when the water recedes. Extending this vision towards his own studio practice, Graham’s paintings depict a civilized present beginning to move towards a more primitive past.

Graham is a research fellow at the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts, Rabun Gap, Georgia (2018) and was a Joan Mitchell Foundation Emerging Artist Grant Nominee (2016). Select solo exhibitions include the Cole Pratt Gallery, New Orleans (2016), the Sella-Granata Art Gallery, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa (2017), and the Greenleaf Art Gallery, Whittier College, Los Angeles (2018). Articles relating to these exhibitions have been published in the Winter 2017 New Orleans Review, reviewed by Judith Bonner and featured in Art + Design Magazine, Environmental Issue | Summer of 2017.

Graham is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona and is represented by the Saladino Gallery in Covington, LA.

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Education
2010-2013 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: MFA Painting
2005-2010 Florida State University: Bachelor of Fine Art with a Minor in Art History.

Professional Experience
2017-2019 Visiting Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing, University of Arizona
2013-2017 Full-Time Instructor, Painting and Drawing, Southeastern Louisiana University
Painting Division Chair, Southeastern Louisiana University
2011-2013 Instructor of Painting, School of Art + Design University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Selected Awards / Publications / Visiting Lectures
2019 Visiting Lecturer, Adaptation, Whittier College, Los Angeles, CA
2018 Fellow/Artist in Residence, Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts, Rabun Gap, GA
2017 Art + Design Magazine, Environment | summer of 2017 | Issue 15
The New Orleans Art Review Journal, fall / winter 2016-17, reviewed by Judith Bonner
2016 Visiting lecturer, Structure + Subject, University of Alabama
State of Louisiana Travel and Research Grant, Southeastern Louisiana University
2015 The Joan Mitchell Foundation Emerging Artist Grant Nominee
2014 Visiting Lecturer, Singles, Couples, Collections, University of Utah
2013 Visiting Lecturer, Purposeful Pairings, Southeastern Louisiana University
2013 Helen E. Platt Blake Foundation, Visual arts Grant recipient
Visiting Lecture, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA


Selected Exhibitions
2018 - Solo Exhibition, Whittier College, Los Angeles, CA
Saladino Gallery, Covington, LA
2017 - The University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Saladino Gallery, Covington, LA
2016 - Solo Exhibition, Lowcountry Longleaf, Cole Pratt Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Solo exhibition, The Carrot and the Stick, Sella-Granata art Gallery, University of Alabama
Saladino Gallery, Covington LA
Southeastern Louisiana University Fine Art Gallery, Faculty Exhibition, Hammond LA
10th Annual Louisiana Fine Arts Showcase Hammond, LA
2015 - Northwest Nazarene University Permanent Collection, Purchase Award, Nampa ID
Inside Northside Publication, Cover Image, Covington, LA
Southeastern Louisiana University Fine Art Gallery, Faculty Exhibition, Hammond LA
Ace Collaborative Artist Project, New Orleans, LA
Group Show, The Henry Hood Gallery, Covington LA
2014 - Solo Exhibition, Joan Derryberry Art Gallery, Tennessee Tech University, TN
Solo Exhibition, New Paintings for Exotic Tastes, Henry Hood Gallery, Covington LA
Select Paintings, Cole Pratt Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Select Paintings, Ten Gallery, New Orleans, LA
St. Tammany Art Association (Jurors Award), Covington, LA
8th Annual Louisiana Fine Arts Showcase Hammond, LA
Southeastern Louisiana University Contemporary Art Gallery, Faculty Exhibition, Hammond LA