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Graeme TODD Born 1962 -

Biography

An artist primarily concerned with the creation of landscapes, Graeme Todd is one of Scotland's foremost contemporary artists. Todd was born in Glasgow in 1962 and studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee. His work has been exhibited internationally since 1989 and he had his first solo museum exhibition, "Space is Deep" at the Kunsthaus Glarus, Switzerland in 2002. Other solo exhibitions include the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh (2002), Gallery Side 2, Tokyo (2000), Gallery Brigitte Weiss, Zurich (2001) and Galleria Alessandra Bonomo, Rome (2002). Andrew Mummery Gallery (2003). ‘Dontobori' was a featured print in the Contemporary Art Society's ‘Art Futures' Blomberg Exhibition in London 2005.


The catalogue for the Andrew Mummery Gallery exhibition describes his style:
"Lying somewhere between the realms of nature, memory and illusion, Graeme "Todd's paintings fuse meticulous drawing with layers of incandescent coloured brushstrokes, and translucent glazes of poured varnish. Linear and planar elements are intricately collaged from a diverse and informed array of both everyday and art historical sources, from postcards, cuttings and tourist souvenirs, to the great Romantic paintings of the German masters and East Asian ink drawings. For Todd, landscape remains a place for the imagination, a quiet reflection on how fragmented memories may coalesce and metamorphose into a new and cohesive whole. From figuration to abstraction, from finite to infinite, Todd creates both a seductive materiality and rich complexity of spatial perception."


These Screenprints were commissioned and published by Edinburgh Printmakers, printed by Gillian Murray in an edition of 30. In the technique of screenprint sections of a fine woven screen (originally silk), which is stretched over a frame, are blocked out. The artist can create the image in many ways, but at some point the image must be transferred onto (if it is not painted directly onto) transparent film. The films are transferred onto the screens by a light-sensitive process. Images may be transferred photographically onto the screens and printed; this process can be very sophisticated.


Purchased with assistance from the National Fund for Acquisitions administered with Government funds by the National Museums of Scotland.