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"REVELATIONS"

Since 2009, as well as continuing to undertake "traditional" portrait commissions, Graham has been developing a new way of presenting a portrait, inspired by his work with performance poets, which he has termed a "Revelation".

The concept is to combine the animation of a developing image, from blank canvas through to finished painting, together with an audio track. These are manipulated and fused together, creating an engaging and stimulating product.

The examples below represent Graham experimenting with different subjects and ways of pushing the concept forwards. (The most recent is at the top of the list and the earliest at the bottom...)

SPORTING MEMORIES - PAUL SCHOFIELD

This is the third of the 6 video animations, featuring Manchester City fan Paul relating his memory of the play-offs of the '98/'99 season.

SPORTING MEMORIES - MIKE SUMMERBEE

This is the second of the 6 video animations, featuring the Manchester City legend relating his memory of playing in the victorious '67/'68 season finale.

SPORTING MEMORIES - JOHN HUDSON

This is the first of the 6 video animations, featuring former professional footballer and Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at the PFA.

SPORTING MEMORIES - CHRIS KAMARA

This is an example "Revelation" produced for an event run by the Sporting Memories Network in support of World Alzheimer's Day. The idea was to collect people's matchday memories by recording their anecdotes ready for turning into portrait animations back in studio. Graham has chosen six which will represent a variety of people's memories and will be shown here once they're completed...

GRAHAM NORTON

This represents another step forward technically in that it's a pastel drawing that is being produced, revealed using a combination of techniques at the video editing stage. It's not an official work as such, rather it's just another experiment that shows further potential of the "Revelations" concept.

CELEBRITY PORTRAIT INTERVIEW

This is Graham's attempt at turning his "Revelations" technique into a tv pilot. Here the method enables the painting's development to be seen throughout and within the length of a standard half-hour show. (Click the thumbnail to go to the video page...)

SHOCK

This is the simpler version of a video produced for the band "Glass Robots". They're a new two-piece group who're currently in the process of being signed and launched. This "Revelation" contains Graham's first attempt at actual animation...

THE ACT OF LOOKING

This is the product of Graham's first commissioned public "Revelation", produced to commemorate the Barber Institute's first Writer in Residence, Philip Monks. For more information click the following link: MORE...

ROSIE

Here Graham has worked with a different kind of musical accompaniment and a more complex method of embedding the animation. He's also begun exploring video and sound effects to enhance the overall look of the product.

POLARBEAR ON A WALL

This time Graham has transposed one of his Midlands Performance Poets "Revelations" onto a wall in a video with the white canvas background removed. The image therefore develops as though painted directly onto the wall - a test case that will open up new possibilities with his Poets series and beyond.

LOVE PAINTING

...OK, so here it is: in this "Revelation" Graham has incorporated the animation into a video setting for the first time. With this new technique he intends to investigate further possibilities along these lines.

THE ROBIN VERHEYEN QUARTET

Graham met Robin at his quartet's gig in Le Duc des Lombards in Paris and proposed this, his most complex "Revelation" to date. Here each member of the quartet "paints" his own part of the finished portrait with his playing. This required a detailed chart and tremendous persistence and concentration to achieve.

TONY JEFFRIES

This "Revelation" features Olympic bronze medalist Tony Jeffries and is set to his fight walk-on music. Graham converted the music into a chart which directed how he was to paint the portrait. The finished "Revelation" was played at a charity boxing event hosted by Tony in Sunderland's Rainton Meadows Arena.

GIOVANNI ESPOSITO

This was one of the first "Revelations" showing the development of Spoz's portrait on the white canvas set to his specially-written poem, and formed one of six such "Performance Poetraits" exhibited in October 2009. Their success began the series of investigations into the potential of the concept.

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