Graham Little
Artist

Graham Little (b. Dundee, UK, 1972) studied at Goldsmiths College, London, MA (1997); Research Associate (1998).

Graham Little blends Romanticism and Postmodernism in his intricately detailed gouache and colored pencil drawings, in which he revels in the textures, patterns, and composition of fashion advertisements, while simultaneously re-positioning his subjects as emotionally complex protagonists.

Little’s process is time-consuming and meticulous, he works for months on an individual painting, constructing richly textured scenes, interior and exterior tableaus referencing histories of visual representation from a range of archival imagery. Sourcing images from iconic fashion magazines such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, dating from the mid-1970s to now, the works combine elements from the past and present to create enigmatic and ambiguous scenes woven with quiet narrative and emotion.

Little’s oblique, nostalgic yearnings bring elements of drama, intrigue and sobriety into scenes rendered through a soft-focus lens. The iconography of his paintings allows narrative reading through a collection of carefully composed symbols, all as important as each other. At once improbable and realistic, they are vehicles for his virtuosity and imbued with individuality and agency. Initial readings fragment and Little entices us to pause and stare at a rare moment of slowness, an open invitation to our perceptions in a world of accelerated information and hurried daily interaction.

Recent museum exhibitions include: Doing Identity. Die Sammlung Reydan Weiss, Kunstmuseum Bochum, Bochum (2017); a curated presentation in Mark Leckey: Containers and Their Drivers, MoMA PS1, New York (2016); Less is a Bore. Reflections on Memphis, KAI 10 | Arthena Foundation, Düsseldorf (2016); Manifesta 11, Zürich (2016); and I Prefer Life, Weserburg Museum of Modern Art, Bremen (2016).

Museum acquisitions include: Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and Museum of Modern Art, New York.

[Alison Jacques Gallery]

Graham Little
Artist

Graham Little (b. Dundee, UK, 1972) studied at Goldsmiths College, London, MA (1997); Research Associate (1998).

Graham Little blends Romanticism and Postmodernism in his intricately detailed gouache and colored pencil drawings, in which he revels in the textures, patterns, and composition of fashion advertisements, while simultaneously re-positioning his subjects as emotionally complex protagonists.

Little’s process is time-consuming and meticulous, he works for months on an individual painting, constructing richly textured scenes, interior and exterior tableaus referencing histories of visual representation from a range of archival imagery. Sourcing images from iconic fashion magazines such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, dating from the mid-1970s to now, the works combine elements from the past and present to create enigmatic and ambiguous scenes woven with quiet narrative and emotion.

Little’s oblique, nostalgic yearnings bring elements of drama, intrigue and sobriety into scenes rendered through a soft-focus lens. The iconography of his paintings allows narrative reading through a collection of carefully composed symbols, all as important as each other. At once improbable and realistic, they are vehicles for his virtuosity and imbued with individuality and agency. Initial readings fragment and Little entices us to pause and stare at a rare moment of slowness, an open invitation to our perceptions in a world of accelerated information and hurried daily interaction.

Recent museum exhibitions include: Doing Identity. Die Sammlung Reydan Weiss, Kunstmuseum Bochum, Bochum (2017); a curated presentation in Mark Leckey: Containers and Their Drivers, MoMA PS1, New York (2016); Less is a Bore. Reflections on Memphis, KAI 10 | Arthena Foundation, Düsseldorf (2016); Manifesta 11, Zürich (2016); and I Prefer Life, Weserburg Museum of Modern Art, Bremen (2016).

Museum acquisitions include: Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and Museum of Modern Art, New York.

[Alison Jacques Gallery]

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    Publication
    ENTKUNSTUNG
    International
    Restoration to a Better Past is a photography book by Jorma Mueller. In Jorma Mueller’s photography there is margin for a biographical hypothesis and glimpses of something that has been lost. A vision of the present as ebb and flow is almost inevitable in the experience of his work. Subjectivity is melancholic, and that melancholy contains the evocation that restores the legacy for which others risked their fate. (more…)
  • Maggie Lee: Magazine
    Feb 10 – May 20, 2024
    Kunsthalle Zürich
    Zürich, Switzerland
    The exhibition Magazine was born out of the artist’s long-held desire to publish her own magazine – a very personal magazine that would nonetheless circulate further than just her own circle of friends. Maggie Lee’s passion for this medium of distribution was inspired by her work in copy stores, and above all by creating zines since her teenage years in New Jersey. There is a special appeal to the creative self-realisation in self-publishing (more…)
  • Bára Prášilová: Circles
    Publication
    PositiF
    International
    The first comprehensive book by photographer and visual artist Bára Prašilová summarizing her work over the past 15 years. The editor of the book, Thomas Beachdel, characterizes her work as “pictures of wonder” balancing on the edge of beauty and strangeness, reality and fantasy, tenderness and violence, which stems from the author’s sense of the absurd. (more…)
  • Wong Chung-Wai: Hong Kong After Hong Kong
    Publication
    Gost
    International
    In May 2021, Wong Chung-Wai left Hong Kong with his family to begin a new life in the UK. During the six months prior to their departure he had wandered the city alone using his camera to create an imprint of those things he could not take with him. The photographs in Hong Kong After Hong Kong are Chung-Wai’s visual lament for the city. They show the city’s contradictions – the co-existence of urban infrastructure and nature, the ancient and contemporary (more…)