Images of the Orient is an exhibition of drawings by British artist Graham Gurr inspired by his travels to the Orient over a number of years. The drawings are mostly executed with pen and ink together with a few etchings. The drawings depict a number of scenes from life together with imaginative drawings illustrating experiences from his various journeys.
Countries like China, Japan, Thailand and Vietnam all offer the visitor a rich cultural experience. Graham was moved by his experiences there and was struck by the cultural diversity.
The drawings give viewers the chance to feel some of the richness of the Orient and allow people to witness the images that inspired Graham. The imaginative elements are stylistically unique to Graham’s work often being a decorative embellishment that expresses a unique characteristic of his work.
The exhibition will be open between 21 September and 19 October 2018 at Il-Ħaġar Museum, from 9:00 to 17:00.
Graham Gurr Biographical notes
Graham Gurr is a British artist and naturalised Maltese citizen who for the last 20 years has resided in Nadur and is married to a Gozitan. He has held over thirty previous one man exhibitions on Gozo, Malta, and abroad including New York, Italy, Japan and the UK.
Graham studied Interior Design and Fine Art in London and Edinburgh gaining a BA Degree in Interior Design from Napier University Edinburgh. He later studied for his PGCE art teaching certificate at Heriot Watt University Edinburgh. He also graduated in 2008 with a Master of Research Degree in Maltese contemporary arts research from the Robert Gordon University Aberdeen Scotland. He is also a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts.
Though largely a contemporary artist, Graham loves to draw and this collection of etchings and pen and ink drawings show his ongoing passion for drawing in this case inspired by his travels. Graham believes that drawing is the underlying foundation of all the applied arts. He therefore draws constantly exploring continuously the potential for expression in drawing and as a process for developing other ideas and his drawings exhibit a fervent passion for detail and draftsmanship.
To discuss his work and meet him he can be contacted on tel: 21552376, 21550396, mob: 99094358