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Graham Fransella is a painter, printmaker and sculptor who works intuitively, allowing any perceived meaning to emerge after the work is completed. In his most recent work, Graham continues his exploration of the figure and the landscape; “The figurative pieces usually contain a single figure standing, presenting themselves to the viewer, communicating a sense of strength and timelessness… the landscape pieces come from actual experiences and places”. Strong black strokes trace the outlines of figures, so stripped of detail they become symbolic, reminiscent of pictograms or graffiti. His prints and paintings are richly layered gestural works that explore the relationship between presence and absence. They work on many levels without being contrived; they are spontaneous, with any interpretation left entirely up to the viewer. His charismatic mark-making is the distillation of several decades of draughtsmanship and what at first appear to be simple lines and primitive figures are actually sophisticated, multi-layered abstractions. For Graham the creative process informs the conceptual content of his work; “In the activity of picture-making, randomness, spontaneity, chance, accident and mark making play out their role to arrive at a resolution.” Above all, these distinctive, powerful and occasionally playful works use the “presence of human form and the absence of personal identity” to portray the human condition.

Graham Fransella has had over fifty solo shows across Australia as well as Europe. He has been exhibiting with Beaver Galleries since 1993, including seven solo exhibitions and representation at the Melbourne Art Fair. His work has been selected for the Archibald, Wynne, Sulman and Dobell Drawing Prizes at the Art Gallery of NSW and he has won the Trustrees Watercolour Prize five times, most recently in 2011. Graham’s work is represented in numerous public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Queensland Art Gallery, Parliament House and Artbank.

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      $15000 Gorge - oil on canvas, 182 x 152cm

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      $13750 River Crossing - oil on linen, 150 x 150cm

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      $6000 Figure on red - four panel colour etching, 1/25, 176 x 143cm, unframed

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      $6000 Mirror - four panel colour etching, AP, 142 x 176cm, unframed

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      $6000 Figures on red - four panel colour etching, 4/25, 176 x 143cm, unframed

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      $6000 Shoreline - four panel colour etching, 7/25, 88 x 284cm, unframed

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      $4400 Walking figure - oil on linen, 71 x 76cm

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      $4250 Head on landscape - three panel colour etching, AP, 88 x 211.5cm

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      $4250 River figures - three panel colour etching, AP, 88 x 210cm, unframed

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      $4000 Two figures - oil on linen, 38 x 38cm

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      $4000 Figure - oil on linen, 36 x 41cm

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      $3500 Landscape - watercolour on paper, 33 x 80cm

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      $3000 Reclining figure - two panel colour etching, AP, 88.5 x 145cm, unframed

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      $3000 Head on dune - two panel colour etching, 7/35, 88 x 142cm, unframed

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      $2750 Acrobats - gouache on paper, 39 x 32cm, framed

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      $2750 Figures - gouache on paper, 33 x 40cm, framed

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      $1950 Track - watercolour on paper, 15.5 x 60cm

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      $1500 Metal Figures - Colour etching, 15/50, 88 x 72cm

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      $1500 Head on Red - Etching, AP, 89 x 72cm

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      $1500 Orange Figure - gouache on paper, 24 x 23cm, framed

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      $1200 Figure Study - Etching, 2/25, 34.5 x 29cm

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      $1200 Group - Etching, 9/25, 35 x 29.5cm

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      $1200 Six Figures - Etching, 5/25, 34.5 x 29cm

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      $850 Walking Figures I - Etching, 2/25, 43.5 x 28.5cm

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      $850 Far north 1 - watercolour, 14 x 20.5cm, framed

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      $850 Path - watercolour, 14 x 20.5cm, framed

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      $730 Assembly - Etching, AP/25, 19 x 14.5cm

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      $720 Two Heads - Etching, 5/25, 19.7 x 24.7cm

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      $550 Figure and Tree - Etching, 3/50, 19 x 16.5cm

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      $550 Two Figures - Etching, 5/50, 21.5 x 16cm

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