Jody Graham

VOILÀ

27 February — 18 March 2023

Lives and works in Sydney

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Throughout history, the act of drawing has been an immediate response to the seen experience. The hand and eye work instinctively moving charcoal, ink, or pencil around paper— the resulting image revealing the essence of a subject in an  instant. From the intent laden robustness of Primitivism to the controlled erudition of classical compositions, great drawing has required the artist to scrutinise their subject and eliminate visual assumptions.

The ability to draw is the cornerstone to the act of making pictures. Line and tone are the strata that build the composition of the picture plane, which ultimately ensure the success of later layers of paint. Drawing, however, is much more than a substrate in the act of painting. The medium rewards effusive mark-making, allowing stories to be told and real or imagined worlds created. The artist that pursues a practice of looking and drawing is afforded great insights into the things that most of us pass by unwittingly.

Obsession is often friend of the artist. Jody Graham has dedicated her career to the pursuit of pushing the medium of drawing and indeed, its very definition to the outer limits. Every waking moment is dedicated to the interpretation of what she sees and feels. During her plein air drawing amongst the ancient streets of France, monuments became a particular fascination for Graham—marble and bronze odes to the detritus of civilisation drawn with visceral intent, echoing the act of sculpting itself.

Voilà is an exhibition of many parts yet speaks as one body of work, resulting from the artist’s residency in France in the latter part of 2022. Collectively, the installation is a window into the eclectic mind of an artist born to constantly move and draw. Exploration and experimentation have become complicit bedfellows in the creation of a narrative—one that explores beyond the street-based landscapes and into the hidden secrets of the layers of human habitation.

Through darkness and light, Graham draws out the personality of the places she worked. Her exhibition’s genesis is, in part, a homage to one of the great draftsmen of Australian art history, Brett Whiteley. In his seminal 1990 exhibition, Paris ‘Regard de Cote’, the catalogue epigraph poignantly says all that needs to be said about an artist’s enquiring vision.

He who sees further renders less

Of what he sees,

However much he renders.

Jean Cocteau.

Jody Graham is an artist who enquires deeply into places that are not her own and through her drawing reveals much about a broader world and the stories that have made us.

Ralph Hobbs
February, 2023

\ Exhibition featured works

Jody Graham

Amour - Paris

2023 \ Charcoal on paper \ 142 x 127cm framed

Jody Graham

Androgynous Beauty - Dionysus, Berbie Palace Gardens, Albi, France

2022 \ Charcoal on paper \ 142 x 127cm framed

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Apollo and followers

2023 \ Charcoal on paper \ 142 x 127cm framed

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Architecture of subliminal coercion - Caylus, France

2023 \ Charcoal on paper \ 131 x 150cm paper size

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Caylus, France

2022 \ Charcoal on paper \ 41 x 52cm, framed

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Crossing Bridges - Toulouse, France 2

2023 \ Charcoal on paper \ 67 x 78cm framed

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Crossing Bridges - Toulouse, France 3

2023 \ Charcoal on paper \ 67 x 78cm framed

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Crossing bridges - Albi, France

2023 \ Charcoal on paper \ 67 x 78cm framed

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Crossing bridges - Toulouse, France 1

2023 \ charcoal on paper \ 57 x 66cm framed

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Dark Queen

2023 \ Charcoal on paper \ 142 x 127cm framed

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Difficult roads lead to beautiful places

2022 \ Conte and charcoal on paper \ 56 x 76cm paper size

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Dionysus Frenzy 1 - Berbie Palace Gardens, Albi, France

2022 \ Charcoal on paper \ 142 x 127cm framed

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Dionysus Frenzy 2 - Berbie Palace Gardens, Albi, France

2022 \ Charcoal on paper \ 142 x 127cm framed

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Drink up!

2022 \ Gouache on paper \ 68 x 86cm framed

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Gossip house

2022 \ Acrylic, ink, marker pen, pencil on paper on board \ 50 x 72cm unframed

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Grace, Thalia Bloom

2022 \ Ink, acrylic and hand stitching on paper \ 86 x 68cm framed

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Holiday House Le Pigeonnier

2023 \ Ink, acrylic, coffee, collage, bitumen paint on paper \ 75 x 59cm framed

Jody Graham

House Patrol

2022 \ coffee and charcoal on paper \ 86 x 68cm framed

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House Rat

2022 \ Charcoal on paper \ 114.5 x 104cm framed

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Lacapelle-Livron, Tarn et Garonne, France

2022 \ Pen and ink, ink, coffee and hand stitching on paper \ 76 x 56cm paper size

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Le Capitole - Toulouse, France

2022 \ Black marker on paper \ 41 x 95cm framed

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Letting go, dionysus the wine god

2022 \ Charcoal on paper \ 86 x 68cm framed

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Maison de thé - tea house

2023 \ ink, acrylic, coffee, collage, bitumen paint on paper \ 75 x 59cm framed

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Neighbourhood watch 1

2022 \ Ink, acrylic, coffee, collage, bitumen paint on paper \ 65 x 44cm, paper size

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Neighbourhood watch 2

2023 \ Ink, acrylic, coffee, collage, bitumen paint on paper \ 62 x 42cm paper size

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Pidgeon Watching 1

2023 \ Pen and ink \ 56 x 76cm paper size

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Pidgeon Watching 2

2023 \ Pen and ink \ 56 x 76cm paper size

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Pont nerf - Paris

2023 \ Pen and ink on paper \ 41 x 52cm paper size

Jody Graham

Premier Armour

2023 \ Charcoal on paper \ 114.5 x 104cm framed

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Promenade

2023 \ Charcoal on paper \ 142 x 128cm framed

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Rat House

2022 \ Coffee and charcoal on paper \ 86 x 68cm framed

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Resting Place

2022 \ Pen, ink, gouache, charcoal on paper \ 61 x 76cm framed

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Salute to Toulouse-Lautrec - Dionysus, Albi, France

2023 \ Ink, gouache, coffee, charcoal and black glove on paper \ 107 x 78cm paper size

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Sentinelle

2023 \ Charcoal on paper \ 142 x 127cm framed

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Slipping away

2022 \ Acrylic and ink on paper \ 86 x 68cm framed

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Smug - Pigeonnier, road to Cascade Pétrifiante

2023 \ Ink, acrylic, coffee, collage, bitumen paint on paper \ 75 x 59cm framed

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The walls have ears

2022 \ Coffee and charcoal on paper \ 68 x 86cm framed

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What next?

2022 \ Pen, ink, gouache, charcoal on paper \ 61 x 76cm framed

Jody Graham

You're always in my thoughts, Dionysus wine god

2022 \ Charcoal on paper \ 86 x 68cm framed

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Jody Graham

éveil

2023 \ Charcoal on paper \ 142 x 127cm framed

\ Other exhibitions

Jonathan Dalton

MELBOURNE ART FAIR

22 February — 25 February 2024

Paul Ryan

Le Capitaine

8 February — 24 February 2024

Stephanie Eather

From Vernon Terrace

7 February — 24 February 2024

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