Graham Black

Graham Black graduated from Brighton University in 1985 with a BA in Graphic Design and Illustration. During his professional career as an Art-Director he designed magazines and campaigns for some of the biggest and most respected brands in publishing, including the FT, The Economist and The Observer.

He recently relocated to St Buryan near Penzance in Cornwall to focus on his printmaking practice. His affinity with West Penwith’s rugged coastal landscape motivates and underpins much of his work.

Abstract images of the rocks and pebbles discovered on his daily walks, surfs and bike rides around Land’s End are a major influence, as are the twisted, distorted Monterey pine trees that inform his Japanese-woodblock-inspired prints. He works predominantly with silkscreen printmaking but increasingly eschews the traditional mechanical approach to this process by deliberately painting pigment directly onto the screen to create spontaneous inking effects, rendering each of his prints unique.

Last year he became an elected member of the Cornish Crafts Association and was also Artist of the Month at the Gurnards Head in Zennor.