Graham Curran is an illustrator situated in Redondo Beach/ the South Bay, California, so it’s not surprising that marine life plays a heavy influence in his work. Being so close to Hollywood also seems to effect the subject matter and satirical hints embedded into his paintings. The patrons of Graham’s work stop to stare at his playful realism but find themselves gazing at the humor, pop culture nods and dreamlike stories that circulate throughout his work. Graham first began his visual storytelling career by making comics of his mom and today his studio is currently situated among other contemporaries that Graham holds great respect for. With a degree in illustration Mr. Curran has truly mastered the art of storytelling as well as light manipulation.
KIH: What is your first memory as an artist?
Coloring with my babysitter when i was around 4 years old. I
remember really trying hard to color in the lines. She was a
sweet old lady and had a lot of patience with us, but she
also had cats, which I am very allergic to. I also really loved
creating comics making fun of my mom. She was great as far
as subject matter went.
KIH: What is your creative process?
Usually a loose drawing or sketch, then i draw a more
detailed version of sections of the piece, then i mess with
the scale and do a color rough. it really depends though. I
leave a lot of room for spontaneity in my work. Sometimes it
comes back to bite me and some times it pays off. I can't
usually have a piece 100% figured out before I start it
because then it feels too much like a "paint by numbers"
piece. Which there is nothing wrong with, it's just not best for
KIH: What was your first medium?
KIH: What is your favorite color right now?
KIH: What common threads do you find show up in your work?
marine life. I grew up in the water and I was always
imagining what was under neath my board. that mystery
finds itself in to my work a lot.
KIH: Tell us about your first show?
It was actually a coffee shop show put on by a friend of mine. It was really great actually. A lot of my friends came to support it and purchased my work. I painted a sharktopus (shark + octopus) which is still one of my favorites. My first real show was actually pretty glitz and glamor. It was a show put on with a screening of the movie "T he Fighter" and I actually met the director David O'Russell. I had no clue what he looked like so I didn't know it was him until the next day. I felt kind of dumb because I really liked the movie but didn't mention it to him, oh well...
KIH: Where do you do most of your work?
In my studio. I share it with some amazing artist's and get to meet some really cool people. It's very inspiring and gives me the extra push I need when I am procrastinating. I can look over and see them working and then feel guilty, which gets me back to work pretty quickly.