'Morning', Graham Crowley

Painting of a countryside scene with several colourful cottages and farm buildings standing out

Oil on canvas, 134.5 x 158 cm

I first visited West Cork in 1969, when I was 19. Something about the people and the place fascinated me. My knowledge of Irish culture and history was almost non-existent, even though a hundred years earlier my father’s family had left Ireland to come to England. During that visit, it was as if I had woken up from a coma.

Most mornings, the mist would slowly lift to reveal the landscape piecemeal. Colour would gradually come to the landscape. It was like watching condensation clear from a mirror.


Graham Crowley was born in Romford in 1950. He studied at St. Martin’s School of Art 1968-72 and the Royal College of Art 1972-75. In 1976 he made his first appearance in the John Moores; he was joint second prizewinner in 1985 and this is his seventh appearance. His first solo exhibition was at Air Gallery London 1982 and his most recent have been Are You Serious? Wolsey Art Gallery, Christchurch Mansion Ipswich 2002 and Beaux Arts London 2003. Since 1998 he has been Professor of Painting at the Royal College of Art.