Graham Dean at the Victoria Art Gallery and his Fitter, Quicker, Longer exhibition
A MERSEYSIDE artist’s work is on display at a top London gallery for the 2012 Olympics.
Birkenhead artist Graham Dean rose to the challenge after he heard a claim there were no good sports pictures.
Graham, whose work is internationally renowned, celebrated the Games in his Fitter, Quicker, Longer exhibition, now on show at Waterhouse and Dodd Gallery, in Cork Street, the centre of London’s art dealer world.
He was born in Birkenhead in 1951 and went to Laird School of Art from 1968 to 1970 before attending Bristol Polytechnic Faculty of Art and Design.
His Olympics project was suggested by the Victoria Art Gallery, in Bath, and Graham went all over the country collecting material for it.
The gallery is showing a set of large works and 17 smaller ones.
His watercolour paintings are created by layers of paint applied on thick, handmade paper made from recycled T-shirts imported direct from Kerala, in south India.
Phillippa Willison, from Waterhouse and Dodd Gallery, said: “Graham has been working on these paintings for two years.
“He has attended training sessions for the Olympic athletes all over the country to build up knowledge and create working drawings.
“While not a figurative artist as such, he focuses on the body for subject matter.
“Someone said to him they had never seen a good painting of a sportsman or woman in a museum and clearly that was the inspiration for these works. He certainly rose to the challenge.
“This is Graham’s fourth exhibition for us and his work has quite a following.”
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