Graham Black graduated from Brighton University in 1985 with a BA in Graphic Design and Illustration. During his professional career he has art-directed 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 creating hand painted textured patterns which are directly exposed onto his screens and then combining them with hand cut paper stencils to create rich, complex layers of depth and resonance. Added to this he randomly applies pigment directly onto the screen surface which renders each of the prints within his limited editions unique.