Gareth Graham

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Newcastle 1980.

Artist’s statement
As a sculptor, my inspiration is drawn from the human form. More specifically, my interest lies in what the human form conveys through gesture and expression. I am interested in human experience expressed through the body and how the viewer interprets from an empathetic perspective, yet at the same time, how each interpretation can vary based on the individual’s experiences. I am also interested in aesthetics as a mode of expression. From my early influences of Renaissance sculpture in particular, having visited Rome and Florence as a teenager, my frames of reference have expanded over the years to include contemporary practitioners such as Ricky Swallow, Alex Seton, Ron Muek, Antony Gormley, and Marc Quinn. While my traditional process-driven practice continues to draw from classical roots, in the pluralistic art context of today I am interested in exploring the way traditional process and classical aesthetic can represent a moment in contemporary human experience.

He attended the Newcastle Waldorf School from kindergarten till year 12. He matriculated from high school in 1999 and in 2001 commenced a bachelor of Fine Art at the University of Newcastle, completing an honours degree in Fine art in 2007, winning a traveling scholarship and spending two weeks sculpting marble in the home of Renaissance marble carving, Carrara, Italy. He then commenced a Masters of Teaching at the University of Newcastle in 2009 and graduated in 2010. Gareth is an art teacher at the Newcastle Waldorf School.

2005 New Works at Tighes Hill Gallery
2006 An Exhibition of Ceramic Sculpture at Tighes Hill Gallery
2008 Felons at The John Paynter Gallery Newcastle
2009 New Work at John Miller Gallery Newcastle
2011 In Stone at the John Paynter Gallery Newcastle
2013 Trevor Victor Harvey Gallery, Sydney NSW
2019 Harvey Galleries, Sydney NSW

1999 ArtExpress Regional Tour
2004 Graduation Students Award Exhibition at Inner City Clayworkers Sydney
2004 Joint at Back to Back Galleries
2004 The Artisan Art Prize at John Miller Gallery
2004 9+2 at Tighes Hill Gallery
2005 Figurative at The Art Lounge Wooloomooloo
2006 Art2Muse exhibition at Simmer on the Bay
2006 Honours, Masters, PhD Ceramics Invitational at Watt Space Gallery Newcastle
2006 Stock Room Show the Best of the Best at Tighes Hill Gallery
2008 Collectors Care invitational Front Room Gallery Newcastle

Awarded Top student 1998 for 3 unit visual art at OTEN
Highly commended in Mattara Miniature Sculpture competition 2003
Second prize for Mattara Sculpture Competition 2003
Awarded the 2006 Jennie Thomas Travelling Scholarship
Won Newcastle Regional Show Art (sculpture section) competition 2004, 2005, 2008

The journal of Australian Ceramics National Pictorial Survey 2006
Hunter Lifestyle Magazine August/September 2006
Postgraduate Paths, Six Artists, Three Spaces –University of Newcastle 2008

St Marks Anglican Church Islington
William Wilkins Memorial Collection
Newcastle Region Art Gallery
Private collections in Australia and Internationally have produced commissions for the John Hunter Hospital, The Belmont Birthing Centre, the GPT group redevelopment of Charlestown Square

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