Graham Swift (Born 1973) is an artist who lives and works in London.
Graham has always been drawn back to the human form. Self portraiture having been his main focus in the last few years.His fascination with the complexity of the self image explores it's truly exposed nature. Looking from within to within.
In his recent sequence of paintings VEIL (2012 - 2013) the structure of the face is dispelled as a membrane to peer through not at, as if it acts as a barrier between the physical and the metaphysical state hiding behind. The images provide a manipulated presence, pulled taught and distorted, too reticent to be wholly solid yet too permanent to be entirely transparent.
Ecdysis, (2010 - 2013) which is the series title for his latest drawn works, is a scientific name for the process of shedding the outer skin, a fragment discarded, charting the memory of a moment in time where it is outgrown and superfluous. Whilst continuing to examine the transparent nature of self, these works also question the significance of the state of our own skin, the relation and effect it has to our being, and ultimately how we interact with those around us.