born 1967, Auckland, Lives and works in Auckland Ngāti Koroki Kahukura
Brett Graham is regarded for his ability to abstract complex historical and cultural ideas into strong and beautiful sculptural forms. Graham places emphasis on materiality, composition and surface in sculptures predominantly comprising wood and stone. Graham’s works may not directly invoke Maori sculptural tradition, however, they are grounded in a Māori world-view and speak of that tradition in their titles and concept, and by engaging in a dual dialogue between Māori and European histories. His art also addresses questions about how people, cultures, nations and religions relate to each other.
Dr Brett Graham has a Doctorate in Fine Arts from The University of Auckland. He completed many major public commissions internationally and has shown at the Venice Biennale (2006) and the Biennale of Sydney (2010). Recent international exhibitions include Looping and Binding, University of Hawaii (2015) and Sakahan, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (2013). Graham’s work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Canada, and the National Gallery of Victoria.
Represented by Two Rooms, Auckland and Bartley & Company Art, Wellington.