Peter Graham was born in Glasgow in 1959 and studied at Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 1980. He left the School to work in film production and following a successful career in editing returned to painting in 1986. In 1990 he won a major British Council Award and became the first UK painter to work as Artist in Residence at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore. He was made an Associate of The Royal Institute of Oil Painters, and won the Winsor and Newton Award for non-members. Shortly after, he was elected to full membership of the ROI.
Peter’s range and versatility is characterised by splashes of vivid colour, a grasp of space, movement and depth, and a radiant palette – these are features that attract collectors worldwide to the paintings of Peter Graham, a distinctive and original modern colourist. Preferring to work “en plein air” when ever possible he does not use photography in his painting process, believing this is how to get at the heart of the subject.
Following a series of exhibitions in London, Scotland and New York, Peter served for a period as Vice- President of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters and now lives and works in Glasgow, dividing his time between painting in his Greek Thomson studio and travelling the world with his unique palette.