The Brotherhood of Ruralists
Graham Ovenden ~ Artist Profile
Attended Itchen Grammar School, 1954-59
During the 1950s Ovenden made regular trips from Southampton to London to take photographs of street scenes. Up until 1959 these were taken with a Box Brownie camera.
Studied at Southampton School of Art, 1960-4
Studied at Royal College of Art, 1965-8
Moved to Cornwall, 1973
Formed the Brotherhood of Ruralists, 1975.
Exhibited regularly as part of the Ruralists and as a solo artist, with frequent exhibitions at the Piccadilly Gallery and others.
From around 2005 to 2010 Ovenden's work was frequently exhibited by Peter Nahum at the Leicester Galleries in London.
From 2007 to 2011, images by and from the collection of Graham Ovenden were included in the touring exhibition: Controverses: A legal and ethical history of photography, curated by Daniel Girardin, Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland.
Continues to exhibit as an artist and in 2010/2011 working on a series of fine quality books in the form of joint-ventures with other artists under the name of Garage Press.
Areas of Work
Photography, Painting (mainly in oils), Drawing (mainly pencil). Poetry, Architectural Design (Barley Splatt). Has experimented in other areas such as screen printing and graphics produced using computers. Has written and edited numerous books on photography, artist monographs and other subjects.
Robinson Country - The Artist, Channel 4, 13 June 1987
Bats in the Belfry - Home Sweet Home, ITV, July 1987
Curious Houses, with Lucinda Lambton, BBC TV, 1987
Lolita Unclothed, Channel 4, 1993
Without Walls, Channel 4, 1994
For the Sake of the Children, Channel 4, 1997
The British Library recorded a 5-part interview with Graham Ovenden in 2000. Transcripts are available from the British Library website and access to the recordings is available if you hold the required licence.
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