Colin Graham was born in North Lincolnshire. He Trained at the Leeds College of Art and Leeds University with Degrees in Design ( Book Illustration ) and Teaching (Art Education ). Later qualifications followed with a BA ( Open University ) and MA ( York University).
Throughout his career he has taught in Further and & Adult Education; He has lectured to Social Groups and given demonstrations and judged work for a number of Art Societies. This encouraging of learning in others has enabled him to develop his skills in a wide range of mediums. The quality of his work speaks for itself, whether it be in Watercolour, Oils, Pastel, Charcoal, Pen & Ink or Pencil. He is particularly interested in the important role of drawing in art and this is evident, at the highest level, in his accomplished and sensitive portrait work.
An artist, in any field of arts activity, is involved for life. Colin has now retired from his formal teaching activities but continues to live his art. He continues to draw and paint and he is still advising those who need help with their endeavours.
His view, on what art is, needs to be explored in much more depth, however, if it were to be expressed briefly, it would be that:- ' To qualify as art, a work should ( ought to ) demonstrate SKILL in its making, and show a UNIQUENESS of perception of the world in which the artist lives. Thinking a work is art does not make it so. However, in the final analysis, 'Work' that is for sale, and bought, has to be interesting, engaging and satisfying for the purchaser.