About the Artist
My paintings are about landscape: the atmosphere and the fall of light; space or enclosure; the colour of distance; traces of time and habitation.
The work, in acrylic, oil pastel or mixed media, is made in the studio using sketches from outdoors, notes and memories.
Graham Tristram is an architect and artist. His love of painting was nurtured in the nineteen-seventies, in the sanctuary of the school art room. Later, as an architecture student at Edinburgh College of Art, sketching and drawing was essential for recording details and ideas and has been part of the creative process ever since. The re-discovery of painting coincided with a significant life change and a short course at Leith School of Art in 2006.
Painting calls for a different level of observation as well as a direct engagement with materials and making-by-hand: using paint, oil pastel, paper or canvas, selecting and mixing colours; it is an individual exploration.
From the first visit in 2008, Flanders Moss has provided scope for the work: the size of the sky, the apparently limitless westward extent of the Moss, the surrounding hills revealed or obscured by the elements. It is a precious place for anyone seeking the perspective that distance offers.
Paintings exhibited at Forth Valley Open Studios 2011-2018.
Studio Tristram was formed in 2010. Architectural commissions include historic buildings, houses, interiors and specialist design work in Europe and the USA.