I love the raw feeling of Graham's work, how he assembles many layers and different tones of paper. The colours in his collages are very natural and warm, and the black and white photos of people he integrates into them draw me in.
Describe your work in 10 words or less.
What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
Old magazines, newspapers, books... I find the more aged, weathered or damaged the material is, the more the material corresponds to the subject matter/the ideas I create. Along with scouring in charity shops for source material, my uncle runs a waste paper-recycling business so I get lots of interesting stuff from him too.
How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
I've been in love with collage for around about five years. Prior to this I made installations and drawings. I found collage to be a quick way to get an ideas down. It seemed really raw and honest. Never looked back.
Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
I split my time equally by supporting adults with Autism, as a Support Worker and time in the studio.
Do you have any formal art training?
MA, BA (hons) Fine Art
Explain your favourite techniques.
I have to count 'thinking' as a technique (without sounding pretentious), I do spend lot of time in my studio not doing anything but thinking. I then usually start with figures, males or females and try to create some narrative in my head that I would like to share with people. After that, scissors and glue.
Describe your favourite piece ever created.
I suppose I feel most comfortable with a series of collages I made entitled 'Scraps Of Us/Whilst Listening to Cocorosie's Noah's Ark'. Built from clippings of the human form, my intention was to create a snapshot of two lovers. Upon completion of the series I found them to have more layers than I expected. I see them equally as positive and negative in their appeal.
What other artists do you admire?
Marcel Duchamp. Robert Rauschenberg. Maurizzio Cattelan.