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b. 1967, New Zealand

Brett Graham Biography

Brett Graham (of the Maori tribe Ngati Koroki Kahukura) is one of New Zealand's most accomplished contemporary artists with an impressive exhibition history. This includes exhibitions at the 2007 Venice Biennale and the 2006 and 2012 Sydney Biennales. 

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Graham is renowned for his ability to combine abstract complex historical and cultural ideas in sculpture. They are symbolic and universal in their narratives and form, acknowledging the influence of European modernism, (for example, Brancusi), and Māori conceptions of growth and regeneration. The combination of traditional Maori carving and abstract form or high tech military and scientific equipment explores the convergence of ancient and contemporary beliefs and technologies. These in turn investigate the transmission of culture, power relations and how one culture may view another.

Graham graduated from the University of Auckland, School of Fine Arts (Elam) in 1988, and subsequently completed an MFA at the University of Hawaii (1991). Graham has a PhD in Fine Arts from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

He is represented in the permanent collection of the Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand.

Brett Graham Featured Artworks

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Spirit of Aloha by Brett Graham contemporary artwork print
Brett GrahamSpirit of Aloha, 2008screenprint on paper
105 x 74.5 cm
Bartley & Company Art Contact Gallery
Foreshore defender by Brett Graham contemporary artwork print
Brett GrahamForeshore defender, 2008screenprint on paper
105 x 74.5 cm
Bartley & Company Art Contact Gallery
Te Hōkioi by Brett Graham contemporary artwork print
Brett GrahamTe Hōkioi, 2008screenprint on paper
105 x 74.5 cm
Bartley & Company Art Contact Gallery
Black Shroud by Brett Graham contemporary artwork print
Brett GrahamBlack Shroud, 2021Screenprint on paper
100 x 71 cm
Bartley & Company Art Contact Gallery
O te hoariri by Brett Graham contemporary artwork print
Brett GrahamO te hoariri, 2018laser engraved and painted macrocarpa
76 x 76 cm
Two Rooms Contact Gallery
Te tatau o te whare by Brett Graham contemporary artwork print
Brett GrahamTe tatau o te whare, 2018laser engraved and painted macrocarpa
76 x 76 cm
Two Rooms Contact Gallery
Tuuria atu raa by Brett Graham contemporary artwork print
Brett GrahamTuuria atu raa, 2018laser engraved and painted macrocarpa
76 x 76 cm
Two Rooms Contact Gallery
Me taana hokowhitu by Brett Graham contemporary artwork print
Brett GrahamMe taana hokowhitu, 2018laser engraved and painted macrocarpa
76 x 76 cm
Two Rooms Contact Gallery

Brett Graham Recent Exhibitions

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