The West of Ireland landscape has had a lasting impression on Crowley since he began to visit the area and discover his family ties, in his late teens. Over the years he has “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 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 was on the selection committee for the 50th John Moores Liverpool Exhibition along with Jake & Dinos Chapman.
He is represented in several public collections and has exhibited in numerous group shows. His most recent solo show was at the West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen in 2008. This will be the first time his work is exhibited in Dublin. A full colour book, Graham Crowley by
Martin Holman will be available for sale, to accompany this exhibition.