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Artist Profiles » Graham Downs

Graham DownsGraham started carrying around his watercolour box when he was about eight years old. He trained under the New Zealand landscape painter Owen Lee, when he did a fine arts diploma at Takapuna Grammer School. After that Graham worked as an art director and graphic designer for a number of leading international companies winning many international awards, while continuing to paint and exhibit. Graham returned to New Zealand in 1983 and did mainly commissioned work and he now paints full time. He also spent two years rebuilding a classic yacht, which is now his floating studio where he finds inspiration for his marine and island subjects. Graham is happiest when he is painting, rebuilding houses or boats or making a piece of furniture. “I have to be constantly creating something.” Graham’s work is very diverse from traditional to whimsical contemporary. He is represented in collections around the world in such places as London, New York, Hong Kong, Ireland and Australia.

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