Self-taught, his artwork narrative, Neil Graham addresses the contemporary world with bold visual energy. He manipulates figures, colours and space to create layers of perception and comprehension. A self-alleged realist, but perhaps a folk artist, his works edge the familiar with abstract notions, compressing time and space into intensely personal contexts. Diagnosed with Schizoaffective Disorder, Neil imbues his art with the full range of his complex circumstances. In a period that glorifies the product, he celebrates the journey.
Born in Pangnirtung, Nunavut in 1959, the son of an Anglican missionary, he spent his childhood in Arctic Canada amongst the Inuit (Pangnirtung and Inukjuak). He boarded at Ridley College School from 1970 to 1975. Between 1978 and 1989 he attended the University of Guelph then worked as a carpenter, truck driver, shipper-receiver and tractor mechanic. He began studying visual arts in 1982. Married in 1988, he moved to Whitehorse a year later. Since the birth of their first daughter in 1992, and a second in 1997, he has been a father at home and a professional visual artist.
Neil has presented solo exhibitions; "Hand of the North – Tarot," (Whitehorse, Gravenhurst, Ontario) "Early Works," (Whitehorse) "Les Voix du Quotidien" (France), "Facing Miles Canyon" (Whitehorse, Banff, Castlegar), "Jesus in Motion," "Coal Dust" and "Pinned to the Wall." He has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Yukon, Alberta and B.C. His work has been collected by the Yukon Permanent Art Collection, businesses, and private collectors. He has taught drawing, painting and pastels courses for the Yukon Arts Centre Gallery, Klondike Institute of the Arts, the City of Whitehorse and Arts Underground.
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