In 2017 Les Graff celebrated his 57th year of studio practice and it brought a change in his work.  With more focus on colour, visual texture and media, he is bypassing the idea of a subject altogether.  This is his 3rd major exhibit at Bugera Matheson Gallery, and we are very excited to bring you “Colour Spelled with a U”.  Our expanded exhibition space affords the opportunity to provide you with a large body of Les Graff’s work, and to focus in depth on the achievements of this artist.

The show will be chronicled in a published catalogue, which will be available at the gallery. Click here to see exhibit images

“Colour Spelled with a U”

“Les Graff is not and never was a landscape painter. That is not to say that the landscape has not figured prominently in his life and work. In fact his production inventory covering the 47
years between 1970 and 2017 lists over 2400 plein air landscape studies and studio variations. Many of these works, having been exhibited and collected, both publicly and
privately, give the erroneous impression that recording the landscape as an entity in itself has been, at least at some stages, a central purpose of his work…

In 2016 Graff recognized that the visual and emotional content of his work which he had found early in his career, and the image making vocabulary which he had developed over the
years, continued to be locked to the forms which still surfaced from the “well” of landscape, and that these forms limited his work from further innovation. He acknowledged that there
were still aspects to his development which were unexplored and that he needed to shift his approach in order to move on to the next level in his work. — Graff then began to eliminate from his work illusions of forms and the reference of his subjects to any larger representational view. He described this work as looking for “all-overness”.

It allowed him a purely abstract focus on the non-objective aspects of his work and something which, as he put it, “left room for me.” He took meaningful imagery from his work to date, sifted out any illusions to recognizable form, knitted the remains actively but loosely together, and let colour choice and the texture of graphic mark making, find the moods and emotional responses, now mature, that he knew were a fundamental aspect of his work from the beginning…”

“Colour Spelled with a U” – catalogue excerpt written by Margaret Witschl.