A professional artist and illustrator living and working in Charleston, SC, Bob Graham graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Newberry College and received his MFA in Illustration from The Savannah College of Art and Design. He maintains an exhibition space at Studio 151 Fina Art in Charleston, where he is part-owner.
A talented portrait artist, Bob is available for commissions of Adults, Children, Pets and Horses in a variesty of mediums.
My goal is to tell a story and evoke an emotion in the viewer. I feel art is a journey whose elusive goal is to communicate beauty that the creator has placed before us.
His recent exhibitions include the 20th Anniversary Juried Art Exhibition at the South Carolina State Museum, the Carolina / Caribbean Connection with the South Carolina Heritage Corridor. Mr. Graham exhibits his work regularly across the United States and abroad and is represented in numerous museums, corporate and private collections. His work also graces the covers of numerous books and also has several magazine illustrations to his credit.
"I have an insatiable interest in America’s west. It has played a vital role in my development as an artist. Combining my love of western art and horses, my work often portrays the rugged rodeo cowboys who sought to explore, tame and ultimately survive the vast wilderness of America. I enjoy painting people, especially cowboys. I’m intrigued by their love of natural bond with their horses and their cowboy code of ethics. They evoke a spirit of a bygone era."
"When I look back on some of the early paintings of horses I did, they look to me like potatoes with toothpicks for legs," he explains. But as I spent more time with horses, I began to recognize their differences. Now, painting a horse is like doing a portrait. You see the differences in their veins, in the way their nostrils flare, or how some horses' manes flip up on the ends."
Bob Graham painting/drawing
From the raucus rodeo to quiet country pastures, horses have always been a passion of mine, as has their role in the Old West where Cowboys and Indians, Gringos and Banditos all hold a special place in my heart.
There is no way to describe the place in our hearts heald by those we love, cherrish and adore/ Whether it's our baby, our little girl or boy, our loyal pet or the love of our life. But I know just the feeling that possesses a client to ask me to attempt their portrait.
The human form has been the subject of art since the begining of time, arguably one of the toughest challenges for any artist. As an illustrator, it forms the basis for nearly all work. A sitting model is often a static subject and my goal is to add the mood, emotion, movement and feeling, bringing life and dimention to each attempt.
The Savannah Colege of Art and Design
"I want my work to sing. I want it to capture that unique sense of feeling of that one moment in time. My work reflects a lifelong pursuit of art. Although my paintings exhibit a realistic approach, my primary goal is to give a spirit of life to the subject. I don’t want to take my dreams to the grave."
~ Bob Graham