Gra­ham Shep­herd presents ‘Brief En­coun­ters’

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AN EX­HI­BI­TION of beau­ti­ful old pho­to­graphs, draw­ings and paint­ings by Gra­ham Shep­herd is un­der way at Sig­nal Arts Cen­tre in Bray.

The show opened last week and will be on un­til this Sun­day, April 15.

An open­ing re­cep­tion took place last Fri­day evening at the gallery on Al­bert Av­enue.

‘Mak­ing pic­tures has al­ways been a cen­tral part of my ac­tiv­i­ties – whether mov­ing or static, paint­ings or pho­to­graphs, draw­ings or col­lage,’ said Gra­ham. ‘Af­ter art school, I started out as an art teacher. I then moved into TV graphic de­sign work­ing in RTE where I made an­i­mated ti­tle se­quences at a time without com­put­ers, hence a dif­fi­cult, but re­ward­ing ac­tiv­ity.

‘Then fol­lowed a ten-year stint work­ing for the BBC in Lon­don. There I en­coun­tered the be­gin­ning of elec­tronic graph­ics, end­ing my ten­ure there as Head of News and Cur­rent Af­fairs graph­ics, where it was my priv­i­lege to se­lect and train some bril­liant de­sign­ers.

‘Re­turn­ing to Ire­land, I free-lanced as a lec­turer in most of the art col­leges in Ire­land, but the bulk of my ac­tiv­ity was de­vel­op­ing mod­ules for per­sons with a dis­abil­ity – hence the cre­ation of a Hori­zon Project called Art Ac­cess which had a wide reach in the realm of spe­cial needs. This project reached sev­eral thou­sand peo­ple.

‘Af­ter this pe­riod, I trav­elled and did some writ­ing. But now at this point I am paint­ing again and res­ur­rect­ing some older work, as well as re-ap­prais­ing what kind of pho­tog­ra­phy to en­gage with while also mak­ing some col­lages. I see these ac­tiv­i­ties in the same frame as bird watch­ing or fly­ing kites, so the process re­mains within the con­text of other things.

‘Some images may be abrupt but the over­all aim is to gen­er­ate a sense of tran­quil­lity and visual plea­sure. The show is ti­tled ‘Brief En­coun­ters’ be­cause it is the essence of what hap­pens to peo­ple who go to Art Ex­hi­bi­tions and en­counter mul­ti­ple images in con­densed time and space, un­less of course, they buy a work of art to en­joy at home.’

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