About

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Graham was born and raised in Australia where he received his Bachelor’s Degree from Rusden State College, now Deacon University in Melbourne. His primary focus was the art of human movement. After a number of years as a high school teacher and an extended stint travelling the world that expanded his interest in the art world, he transitioned into commercial art where he focused on branding and logo design.

In 1994, he started Odyssey Artworks, a design and sculpture studio in Denver, Colorado; with business partner and fellow traveller, Steve Pearson. Their studio primarily focused on metal sculpture and one-of-a-kind furniture for corporate and residential locations, using re-purposed materials were possible. Odyssey still remains as a “go-to” resource for eclectic metal in the Rocky Mountain region.

Now living in Bellingham, Washington, Graham is currently working in three seemingly different mediums,
encompassing a wide range of materials but closely related in the tools and techniques used, all underpinned with a lifelong commitment to re-use and sustainability.

In his Stainless Steelheads series, images of a variety of fish are drawn (or etched) into stainless steel, often re-purposed appliance doors. As in their natural habitat, the fish seem disguised in a watery medium, fading and re-emerging as the light or viewing angle changes. They have an amazing holographic effect when lit well.

For his carved reclaimed wood sculpture, Graham uses many of the same metal tools and techniques as in his stainless panels, to create sinuous forms reminiscent of windblown dunes and sculpted tidal environments.

Both the wood and stainless materials require hours of cutting, grinding, and sanding on a daily basis so the serene and cerebral nature of his sculptural assemblage series of work provides a welcome and necessary respite to this physically demanding work. Graham selects pieces from a carefully curated treasure trove of salvaged objects — both vintage and modern — collected over many years, that have been patiently waiting for their next life as a robot, race car, ray gun, or some other manifestation of a vivid imagination.


Recent Juried Exhibitions

Issaquah Salmon Days, 2016 Best of Show
Bellevue Holiday Market, 2016
RARE — Recycled Art & Resource Exhibit 
2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Arts Alive, LaConnor, WA 2015
Smith & Vallee Gallery, Edison, WA Objectification 2014, 2015, 2016
Anacortes Art Show, Anacortes, WA
— 
Best of Show, People’s Choice, 2013 & 2014
— Focus Family Gallery Artist, 2016
Art in Bloom, Anacortes, WA 2015, 2016 — People’s Choice Award
ReVision — Vancouver, BC 
2012, 2013, 2014

Allied Arts of Whatcom County 
2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Lightcatcher Museum, Bellingham, WA 
2012, 2013
Jansen Art Center, Lynden, WA 
2013, 2014
Edmunds Arts Festival — 2014, 2015
North Vancouver Arts Center, Vancouver, BC
 The Reclaimers — 2014