Skip to Main Content

Graham Durward

British, b. 1966

19 followers

Graham Durward

Bio

British, b. 1966

Followers
19
Biography

Graham Durward paints sensuous oil paintings in muted tones that depict a broad range of subjects, from semi-abstract renderings of burning incense to male portraits and reworkings of iconic Edvard Munch paintings. Durward says of his gray-scale paintings of curling incense smoke that they are concerned with ideas of immateriality and the sacred: “Each image alludes to the unseen, a part of the world with its own ambience, I think about my work in analytically poetic terms. All the themes relate to some kind of solitude wrapped up somewhere inside desire.” His scenes of nude or semi-nude men, on the other hand, often depicted with their faces blurred or obscured—such as Untitled (Man With Fruit) (2007), in which an alluring male nude with a whited out visage stands holding a pomegranate, a symbol of desire and faith—are based on images found on the internet and photographs of hired models.

Related Categories
Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum
Biography

Graham Durward paints sensuous oil paintings in muted tones that depict a broad range of subjects, from semi-abstract renderings of burning incense to male portraits and reworkings of iconic Edvard Munch paintings. Durward says of his gray-scale paintings of curling incense smoke that they are concerned with ideas of immateriality and the sacred: “Each image alludes to the unseen, a part of the world with its own ambience, I think about my work in analytically poetic terms. All the themes relate to some kind of solitude wrapped up somewhere inside desire.” His scenes of nude or semi-nude men, on the other hand, often depicted with their faces blurred or obscured—such as Untitled (Man With Fruit) (2007), in which an alluring male nude with a whited out visage stands holding a pomegranate, a symbol of desire and faith—are based on images found on the internet and photographs of hired models.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum