Three Things You Should Know About Graham Little
Scottish-born, London-based artist Graham Little makes beautiful and intimate drawings inspired by fashion magazines. Curator Matt Price says of Graham’s work, “the enforced gazes of the fashion models hold the viewer back from assigning profound psychological significance to their expressions, though a range of emotional states from the assertive and aloof to the pensive and self-conscious can be discerned.”
Scottish-born, London-based artist Graham Little makes beautiful and intimate drawings inspired by fashion magazines. Flash Art writer and curator Matt Price says of Graham’s work: "The enforced gazes of the fashion models hold the viewer back from assigning profound psychological significance to their expressions, though a range of emotional states from the assertive and aloof to the pensive and self-conscious can be discerned. Darkness and shadows play a key role in Little’s resonant and sumptuous images, and while they never become threatening, they bring an element of drama, mystery, intrigue and sobriety into the various artificial scenarios and sets in which the women pose." Graham Little has exhibited internationally, including a solo exhibition at Camden Arts Centre, London, and group exhibitions Drawing Now: Eight Propositions at MoMA, New York; Images of Society at Kunstmuseum, Thun; WALL ROCKETS: Contemporary Artists and Ed Ruscha at The FLAG Art Foundation, New York; The Associates at Dundee Contemporary Art Centre, Dundee; and Lebenslust & Totentanz at Kunsthalle, Krems. His work is represented in many important collections, including Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art; The British Council Collection; The Zabludowicz Collection, London; and The Olbricht Collection, Berlin.
Image rights: Courtesy of Alison Jacques Gallery, London
Graham Little blends Romanticism and Postmodernism in his intricately detailed gouache and colored pencil drawings, in which he revels in the textures, patterns, and composition of fashion advertisements, while simultaneously re-positioning its female subjects as emotionally complex protagonists (as opposed to living mannequins). Sourcing images from such iconic fashion magazines as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, dating from the mid-1970s to now, he works for months on an individual drawing, altering the advertisements to suit his own vision. In his drawings, the flat, glossy magazine images are transformed into richly textured scenes, abundant with objects and variously patterned textiles, centered upon a solitary, inscrutable woman. Little’s vignettes are enigmatic and evocative, as are his women, who often appear moody, contemplative, or quietly animated. At once improbable and realistic, they are vehicles for his virtuosity and imbued with individuality and agency.
British, b. 1972, Glasgow, United Kingdom, based in London, United Kingdom