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July 2016: Rigby Graham Comes to Sylvester Fine Art


“Prolific landscape painter, printmaker and designer who represented man-made and natural beauty with striking directness.”
Christopher Masters, The Guardian 01 June 2015

Principally a topographic artist, Rigby Graham was born in Stretford in 1931. His work is influenced by Neo-Romantics but in his colour he owes much to German Expressionism and he is considered one of the most important landscape painters of the late 20th century.

Despite the romantic influences, Graham’s work was not “romantic” in the conventional sense, he would often include anachronistic details in his landscapes which work to subvert the viewer’s expectations.

Graham worked in a variety of media, though his favourite was watercolour and it is in that genre that he was at his most compelling. A fine draughtsman and a relentless traveller, he always sat down in front of the scene he was depicting whatever the weather.

In addition to the inspiration of 19th-century greats such as Turner, Gainsborough and Cotman, Graham also acknowledged the influence of older contemporaries such as Paul Nash, John Piper and Graham Sutherland, who adapted that tradition for the 20th century.

The archive of his work, now at Manchester Metropolitan University, is a central resource for the study of landscape painting, lithographic and wood-cut printing, book illustration and production and private presses.

Examples of his work in all media will be available to view and purchase in the exhibition including some wonderful stained glass windows, woodcuts, watercolours, oils, linocuts and drawings.

Rigby died in May 2015 after a long illness.

Contact Andrea Sylvester 020 7443 5990 or email


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