Travel Light by Graham Curran
5″ x 5″, 6.75″ x 6.75″ x 0.5″ with Frame, Acrylic on Wood
Current Exhibition at Flower Pepper Gallery: 4th Year Anniversary Show from December 19th, 2015 to January 19th, 2016
Previous Exhibitions at Flower Pepper Gallery:
- Life And Love from February 7th to March 4th, 2015
- 3rd Year Anniversary Show from December 6th, 2014 to January 6th, 2015
- Flower Pepper Gallery Booth at Designer Con 2014, November 8th & 9th, 2014
- Pandamonium from June 7th to 27th, 2014
- Of History And Hope from April 5th to May 2nd, 2014; The Season of Spring from March 1st to April 4th, 2014
Graham Curran grew up in the South Bay, a small beach community south of Los Angeles. Growing up, Graham spent most of his time being outdoors and at the beach. Graham attended CSU Long Beach, where he graduated in 2010 with a degree in Illustration.
The feeling of being in the ocean plays the biggest part in Graham’s work. While drifting alone, Graham’s imagination would run wild. The endless possibilities of what could be swimming underneath him is a feeling he remembers vividly; and inspires most of his work to date. The possibility of unknown world’s, and our inherited connection to nature are themes often portrayed in his work.
Graham’s work can be seen primarily in galleries throughout Los Angeles.
Artist Website: http://www.grahamcurran.com/
Artist Interview with Flower Pepper Gallery on Jan 3rd, 2016:
- How would you describe your own artwork?
I usually try and show someone my work rather than explain it. I feel like each person will view the piece different. They might even see something different than I am trying to portray. I would definitely say it weighs heavily on Narrative. There is an underlying story to each painting and I try and create that environment and/or world in each piece.
- Is there a story behind this painting?
This painting is definitely part of the world these creatures live in. It deals with danger, but at the same time there is a guardian in the piece. I like each piece to require a bit of inspection. The whole “not what meets the eye” is something I am often putting in my pieces. I feel if a painting can surprise you more than once or make you feel differently at the end than you did originally, then it’s doing it’s job.
- What inspired you to create this painting? Or what kinds of things inspire your work?
This piece came from a digital sketch I did many years ago, I really like the story it tells. It’s one of those ideas that got buried and forgotten. But when looking through old ideas I remember it being inspired by “the lone wolf”. More or less the idea of doing it on your own.
- Can you talk about your creative process?
It really varies from piece to piece. I am not one of those people that has 100% of a painting planned out. I need spontaneity when I paint, or else I get bored before I start. But for the most part it comes from a few revised sketches and goes on the canvas/panel as mostly vague line work. I do use a lot of environment references photos and incorporate different skies, oceans, etc. that I like. I have a secret Pinterest board full of good inspiration, I’ll even use friends Instagram photos.
- Who is your favorite artist?
Greg Simkins will always be my favorite because he’s a good friend and has been a mentor of mine for many years. I would feel very fortunate to be half the man and artist he is.
- What’s one thing we should know about you?
My favorite beer is Grapefruit Skulpin.
- As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a cartoonist when I was very young but I got distracted with sports, the beach and skating. Then when I got to college I realized I wasn’t very good after I declared myself an art major. It was an uphill climb to make up for a lot of lost years not drawing. But I’ve had some great mentors along the way.
- Coffee or tea?
Coffee in the day, Tea at night