Crowley, Graham Neil
Graham Crowley was born in Romford in 1950. He grew up in Essex before moving to London to attend St. Martin's School of Art between the years 1968-1972. He then went on to take a post-graduate degree course at the Royal College of Art. 'Tug' is a combination of chalk, acrylic gel, acrylic paint and charcoal constructed in a canvas collage and was made during his Masters degree at the Royal College of Art. It was first shown in his 1975 Degree Show and is described by Crowley as 'not so much part of a series, but one of several paintings of similar size and subject.' The orientation and hanging of the work is also of importance; it is to be hung on its corners so that the viewer is presented with a diamond shaped canvas. Crowley has since continued to produce art, as well as work as a teacher. His work has spanned many subjects, including domestic interiors and urban, psychological 'mindscapes'. Throughout his career, as Andrew Lambirth writes, his works 'have lost none of their graphic vitality.' Felice McDowell
  • Artwork Details: 201 x 201cm
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  • Material description: chalk, acrylic and charcoal on canvas
  • Credit line: © the artist
  • Theme: Abstract
  • Medium: Painting
  • Accession number: AC 1677



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