Jim Graham: Adaptation
November 29, 2018 - January 17, 2019
Artist talk and reception: January 17 at 6 p.m.
Many of Jim Graham’s paintings are naturalist in subject, expanding upon the traditions of both landscape and narrative genre painting. His work often features synthetic reproductions of organic material–a nod to the commercial interests of tourist economies. A long-time resident and environmental advocate of two coastal communities, Graham’s work has been heavily influenced by the low-lying areas along the Eastern seaboard and the Gulf Coast region of the United States. For these communities, the cultivation and erosion of public perception remains as important to livelihoods as the physical adaption to the changing land. His work borrows a “high water mark” aesthetic, depicting entangled combinations of organic sediment and smaller refined objects that remain when the water recedes. Extending this vision towards his own studio practice, Graham’s paintings depict a civilized present beginning to move towards a more primitive past.
Graham is a research fellow at the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts, Rabun Gap, Georgia (2018) and was a Joan Mitchell Foundation Emerging Artist Grant Nominee (2016). Select solo exhibitions include the Cole Pratt Gallery, New Orleans (2016), the Sella-Granata Art Gallery, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa (2017), and the Greenleaf Art Gallery, Whittier College, Los Angeles (2018). Articles relating to these exhibitions have been published in the Winter 2017 New Orleans Review, reviewed by Judith Bonner and featured in Art + Design Magazine, Environmental Issue, Summer of 2017. Graham is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona and is represented by the Saladino Gallery in Covington, LA.
Image: Coastal Lot with Pink Flamingo, oil on canvas 48”x72” (diptych), 2018
This project has been made possible by Garrett and Hartley Houses as well as by donors to the University of Arizona College of Fine Arts Fund for Excellence.