Creevelea Abbey, 1975
His work is influenced by Neo-Romantics but in his colour he owes much to German Expressionism and he is considered one of the most important landscape painters of the late 20th century. The archive of his work, now at Manchester Metropolitan University, is a central resource for the study of landscape painting, lithographic and wood-cut printing, book illustration and production and private presses. Rigby died in May 2015 after a long illness.
Graham visited Ireland many times during his career and was especially drawn to the derelict castles and abbeys that litter the countryside. Here he depicts the Franciscan Friary of Creevelea, Co. Leitrim.
Graham believes that each outdoor painting is in some way a record of his time in that place, of the light, and of his frustrations, pleasures and struggles in responding to what was in front of him. Against the Grain Goldmark 2015.
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