About the Artist
My paintings begin in the landscape – nearby and elsewhere. I am interested in light, atmosphere and abstract patterns in nature. Sometimes, looking at landscape, I am surprised how much closer the past appears, as if observing distance bridges time. The work is made in the studio using sketches from outdoors, notes and memories.
Paintings in acrylic, oil pastel and mixed media.
Graham Tristram began painting after a short course at Leith School of Art in 2006. The experience encouraged interests developed years earlier while training as an architect at Edinburgh College of Art. Recording impressions and ideas by hand drawing is an essential part of being an architect. Painting involves a different kind of observation and a direct engagement with materials and making: handling paint, oil pastel, paper or canvas, selecting colours, textures and properties. It is an individual exploration.
Work exhibited at Forth Valley Open Studios 2011-2016 and the SSA Annual Exhibition 2014.
Studio Tristram was formed in 2010. Architectural commissions include historic buildings, houses, interiors and specialist design work in Europe and the USA.