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'Red Reflection', Graham Crowley

Painting of three cottages on a riverside, everything but the walls of the cottage is red

Oil on canvas, 152.5 x 178cm, 2005

Artist's statement

Twenty years ago I started visiting West Cork. I wanted to reflect its transformation from the rural to the suburban.

During this time there has been a resurgence in landscape painting. It has regained critical and academic approval, on the condition that it is eerie, uncanny or abject. These strategies are attempts to avoid the ‘picturesque’, which is regarded as romantic and rhetorical. I embrace the picturesque for these very reasons.

I regard my painting as synthetic and figuration as reflection (like fiction). The subject of my paintings is shadow and reflection. These ‘elements’, although intangible, are visually ubiquitous.


Graham Crowley was born in Romford in 1950. He studied at St. Martin’s School of Art London 1968-72 and the Royal College of Art London 1972-75. He has held a number of significant teaching posts, most recently Professor of Painting at the RCA. He has shown in seven previous John Moores exhibitions and won joint second prize in 1987. He is represented in several public collections and has exhibited in numerous group shows, winning the ING Purchase Prize at The Discerning Eye Mall Galleries London 2004. His most recent solo show was at Beaux Arts London 2005.