Graham Abraham is a male artist born in Australia, currently working in Brisbane, KENMORE, Queensland, Australia.
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Graham Abraham grew up on the shores of Moreton Bay and has been painting and photographing wildlife and the natural environment since he was nine years of age. Early on he was inspired by a neighbour who happened to be an artist and by his mother who as a child was devoted to her local flora and fauna in Brookfield, Queensland. Her collections are now in the Artist’s possession.

Graham Abraham studied at the Brisbane College of Art, gaining a Certificate in Commercial Art in 1973 and in 1988 a Diploma of Arts – awarded honours in the final year of his studies at the University of South Australia.

Since about 1976 onward Graham has travelled much of Australia, New Zealand and to islands of the pacific with his wife, children and camera, keenly observing wildlife and associated habitats, aboriginal culture and the remaining evidence of our shared cultural heritage wherever he has visited. Areas of most interest are the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Kakadu, Northern Territory, the Flinders and Gammon Ranges, South Australia, the gorges of central Queensland including Carnarvon, the Cooloola and Noosa region of Queensland, the south west of Western Australia and other coastal and bushland areas of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.

Inspiration for painting is and always has been the history and cultural heritage, the bio-diversity – flora and fauna, in particular birds, habitats, environments and landscapes of the vast diversity that represents the natural and cultural world that we all share. The sea birds of Lady Elliot and Lady Musgrave Islands, southern Great Barrier Reef have held a particular fascination. Visits to these islands resulted in a number of paintings that depict the beautiful creatures that inhabit these magnificent and pristine environments.

Continuing involvement with conservation initiatives that support our endangered and threatened species provided opportunities to engage with scientific endeavours to preserve some of Australia’s fragile ecosystems and wildlife. In 2006 a reserve set aside for the preservation of the endangered Bridled Nailtail Wallaby was visited in central Queensland in order to gather visual material for painting the Wallaby in its native habitat. In 2009 paintings were done to highlight the flora, fauna and environment of the world heritage listed Wollumbin Caldera – the Mt Warning area of northern New South Wales.

Subject matter that will form the basis of work for the future will include some of the native species that inhabit the coastlines of northern New South Wales extending to the rainforested areas of Wollumbin, Lamington and across to the Scenic Rim of southern Queensland. Other national and international wildlife subjects and associated environments will also be given consideration.

A modern realist depiction of subject matter in acrylic on quality italian linen canvas is the preferred medium however experimentation with other materials often occurs.

Painting professionally since 2006 has resulted in one solo exhibition at the Cunningham Artspace, CSIRO bio-science Precinct, University of Queensland and in various group exhibitions.

The website provides more detail on past, current and proposed activities.