Graham Gingles


b. 1943, Co. Antrim

Graham Gingles was born in Co. Antrim in 1943, attended Belfast College of Art and has resided and worked in Northern Ireland ever since. In 1980/81 he became a recipient of the British School at Rome Scholarship. His first one-person exhibition took place at the Arts Council Gallery in Belfast after his return from Rome in 1981.

A member of the Royal Ulster Academy of Art, Graham began his artistic career as a painter and his fine skills as a draughtsman are still evident today in his paintings and mixed media which continue to be central in his oeuvre. However he is probably best known as a unique sculptor who makes enigmatic combination wall-hanging sculptures, usually enclosed in meticulously crafted wood and glass boxes. These magnificently crafted wall sculptures incorporate found objects among other things and deal with loss, memory and the propagation of the species. They are highly complex works, commonly viewed as personal reliquaries of the artist’s own internal world. They are enigmatic, dark and demanding, compelling the viewer to come close and examine the intricacies of the various compartments and corridors. However, he only allows us a glimpse into this world and never elaborates on meaning or context. The viewer quickly becomes aware of the multiple levels of meaning and reference are contained within the sculptural confines but which may elude total comprehension.

He has a unique vision in contemporary Irish art, employing a multiplicity of media including painting,

drawing, glass, ceramics and calligraphy within his boxes. He is the quintessence of the gifted, creative individual, always seeking new forms to express experience and emotion. Graham’s exquisite sculptures demonstrate the achievements of a highly original artist who can take up to a year to complete one of these complex works of art.

He has had two solo exhibitions at the Peppercanister Gallery, his most recent being in November 2005, presenting both paintings and sculpture on that occasion. He has also had a solo show in Dublin in the Hendriks Gallery, Dublin some years ago and an important show at the Butler Gallery in Kilkenny. He shows frequently in Belfast and occasionally at the Annual Exhibitions of the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin. He is the discerning collector’s artist and is tipped to become internationally appreciated in the years to come.