About

From my earliest days visiting scrap metal yards at my father’s factory in western Sydney – I have been inspired by the action of machinery and the big draftsman’s tables where they drew designs for machinery by hand. I loved the smell, noise and chaos of lines and shape in the piles of scape metal and the innovative design of new machines.

I like leaving evidence of mistakes in my drawings because I think there is integrity in the struggle to get it right.

My arts practice encompasses drawing, mixed media, sculpture, performance, and installation. Materiality and Mark Making are at the core of my work. I relentlessly explore new materials and investigate contemporary drawing techniques. To do this I build on and then move beyond conventional drawing processes in search of new methods and tools that connect drawing with the fundamental need to make symbolic marks.

I have had sixteen solo exhibitions and exhibit frequently in important group exhibitions. I won the Adelaide Drawing Prize in 2022, the Open Greenway Art Prize in 2017 (and local prize again in 2020) and have been a finalist in many major art prizes, including the 66th Blake Prize, Sculptures at Scenic World and at the Muswellbrook, Paddington, and NSW Parliament’s Plein Air painting prizes.

My work has been selected twice for the Kedumba Drawing Award Collection, and for the Jacaranda and Swan Hill Drawing Awards; and I have been a finalist in the Dobell, Rick Amor, and Tim Olsen drawing prizes.

My work is held in the Kedumba Collection of Australian Drawings, the Perry Drawing Collection and in Waverley and Blacktown City Council collections, at the Western Sydney Institute, in the Nepean Arts and Design Centre, and in private collections nationally and in the UK, USA, Dubai and New Zealand.
I am represented by Nanda/Hobbs and Lost Bear Gallery.

Artist CV

Education
2018
- Master of Art
- UNSW Art & Design Paddington
2012
- vAdvanced diploma in Visual Art
- WSI, Nepean Campus
1991
- Diploma
- Billy Blue Graphic Art School, North Sydney
1987-89
- City Art Institute
- Paddington
Solo Exhibitions
2024
Wild Thing
Nanda/Hobbs Gallery
2023
Paris to Portland
Lost Bear Gallery
2023
- VOILÀ
Nanda/Hobbs Gallery
2021
- Getting Pinked
Lost Bear Gallery, Katoomba
2021
- Fly like a Bird
Nanda/Hobbs Gallery
2021
- Somewhere to Land
Nanda/Hobbs Gallery
2020
- Home
.M Contemporary - Online exhibition
2019
- Witness
Lost Bear Gallery Katoomba NSW
2019
- Pee in a Wetsuit or Take a Long Hot Spa?
Chrissie Cotter Gallery Camperdown NSW
2018
- After the Rain
.M Contemporary Woollahra NSW
2018
- Discarded
AD Space Paddington NSW
2018
- Around the Block
Art Est Art School & Gallery Leichardt NSW
2017
- Salvage
Lost Bear Gallery, Katoomba
2017
- Scavenger
Stacks Projects Potts Point, NSW
2015
- Sydney Drawn
Lost Bear Gallery, Katoomba
2013
- Urban Landscapes
Lost Bear Gallery, Katoomba
2011
- Industrial Landscapes
Braemar Gallery, Springwood NSW
Group Exhibitions
2023
Inner Worlds
- Hawkesbury Regional Gallery
2022
- Avant-Garde Weirdo meets Road Kill Artist
- Chrissie Cotter Gallery Camperdown NSW
2022
- Change - BirdLife Australian National Bird-week
- The Corner Gallery, Stanmore (Sydney)
2022
- FIRE
- Climarte Gallery, Richmond, Victoria
2022
- Mimicry - Recent works by Jody Graham & Mark Cauvin
- Rosby Art Gallery, Eurunderee, Mudgee Region NSW
2022
- Blue Mountain Portraits
- Blue Mountains City Art Gallery NSW
2021
- Transformation
- Sydney Botanical Gardens NSW
2021
- Looking at Painting
- Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre NSW
2021
- Birdland 2021
- NPWS Blue Mountains Heritage Centre NSW
2021
- Birds
- Gallery 3 Byron Bay NSW
2021
- Blue Mountain Portraits
- Blue Mountains City Art Gallery NSW
2020
- Makers Month
- The Foundations, Portland NSW
2020
- Occupied
- Blue Mountains Cultural Centre NSW
2020
- Blue Mountain Portraits
- Blue Mountains City Art Gallery NSW
2020
- Birdland
- NSW National Parks & Wildlife Blue Mountains Heritage Centre NSW
2019
- Sculpture Otherwise
- Blue Mountains Cultural Centre – Katoomba, NSW
2018
- Articulate Turns Eight
- Articulate Project Space – Leichhardt, NSW
2018
- WILD - Flora & Fauna in Australian Art
- Hawkesbury Regional Gallery Windsor NSW
2018
- String Along
- Articulate Project Space Leichhardt NSW
2018
- All is not Black & White
- Artsite Galleries Camperdown NSW
2018
- Grid
- Waiheke Community Art Gallery, Oneroa, New Zealand
2017
- Smashed Screens
- Delmar Gallery, Trinity Grammer School, Ashfield NSW
2017
- Mythologies of the Discarded
- Peacock Gallery Auburn NSW
2017
- Siteworks
- Bundanon Trust NSW
2017
- Off Site
- Gaffa Gallery – Sydney, NSW
2017
- Sculpture Otherwise
- Blue Mountains Cultural Centre – Katoomba, NSW
2016
- Ephemeral Inscriptions
- Gaffa Gallery – Sydney, NSW
2016
- The William Fletcher Rome Travelling Fellowship & Bundanon Residency Exhibition
- Artarmon Galleries, NSW
2016
- Vantage Points
- Art Est. Leichhardt, NSW
2016
- Out of Africa
- The Space Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2015
- Considered
- .M Contemporary, Woollahra, Sydney, NSW
2015
- 1200K West - Fowlers Gap
- AD Space ay UNSW Art & Design Campus, Paddington, NSW
2014
- Elephant in the Room
- Brenda May Gallery – 2 Dank St, Waterloo NSW
2014
- Highlights from the Kedumba Collection of Australian Drawings, cNSW
- Tweed Regional Gallery
2014
- Embers of Empathy
- Surry Hills, NSW
2014
- Annual Autumn Exhibition
- Royal Art Society of NSW, Lavender Bay, NSW
2014
- Just Drawing Exhibition
- Royal Art Society of NSW, Lavender Bay, NSW
2013
- African Safari Exhibition
- Depot Gallery - 2 Danks St. Waterloo, NSW
2013
- Most Group Exhibition
- May St. Gallery - St Peters, NSW
2012
- Framed
- Penrith Regional & Lewers Bequest Gallery - Penrith, NSW
2012
- Kedumba Drawing Collection
- Orange Regional Gallery, NSW
2011
- 3 + 1 Mixed Exhibition
- Lost Bear Gallery - Leura, NSW
2006
- Selected group exhibition
- Kedumba Gallery - Wentworth Falls, NSW
2004
- Selected group exhibition
- Kedumba Gallery - Wentworth Falls, NSW
Collaborations / Performance
2022
- Avant-Garde Weirdo meets Road Kill Artist
- Chrissie Cotter Gallery Camperdown NSW
2022
- The BIG Draw
- JADA Art Battle
2022 June
- Sound Drawing, Jody Graham & Mark Cauvin - SoundOut Festival
- Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University ACT
2022 February
- Mimicry - Sound Drawing - Jody Graham & Mark Cauvin
- Rosby Art Gallery, Eurunderee, NSW
2021 December
- Getting Pinked - Sound Drawing - Jody Graham & Mark Cauvin
- Lost Bear Gallery, Katoomba, NSW
2021 January
- Sound Drawing - Jody Graham & Mark Cauvin
- BigCi, Bilpin International Ground for Creative Initiatives, Bilpin, NSW
Selected Awards / Prizes
2023
Sculptures in the Garden
Mudgee NSW
2022
- The Greenway Art Prize - Highly Commended
2022
- Hornsby Art Prize - 3D section - Winner
2022
- Remagine Art Prize - Planet Earth
- Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, Hornsby, NSW
2022
- Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing - Winner
- Adelaide Perry Gallery, Croydon, NSW
2021
- Fisher’s Ghost Art Award
- Campbelltown Arts Centre
2021
- WAMA Art Prize - works on paper
- WAMA Foundation, Victoria
2021
- The 66th Blake Prize
- Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
2020
- Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award
- Grafton Regional Gallery, NSW
2020
- The Greenway Art Prize – Winner Local Artist
2020
- Gosford Art Prize
- Gosford Regional Gallery, NSW
2020
- Swan Hill Print & Drawing Award
- Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery, Victoria
2020
- Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing
2019
- Blacktown City Art Prize
2019
- Sculptures at Scenic World
Katoomba, NSW
2019
- Art on the Greenway
2019
- Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize
2018
- Muswellbrook Art Prize
2017
- Greenway Art Prize - Winner - Open Prize
2017
- Blacktown City Art Prize
2017
- Fishers Ghost Art Award
- Campbelltown Arts Centre
2017
- Paddington Painting Prize
2017
- NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize
2017
- Gosford Art Prize
- Gosford Regional Gallery, NSW
2017
- Environmental Award, Directors Choice
- BigCi - Bilpin NSW
2017
- Waverley Art Prize
- Waverley Woollahra Art School, Bondi, NSW
2017
- Sculptures at Scenic World
- Katoomba, NSW
2017
- Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing
2016
- Fishers Ghost Art Award
- Campbelltown Arts Centre
2016
- Kudos Award
- Kudos Gallery, Paddington, NSW
2016
- Tim Olsen Drawing Prize
- Kudos Gallery, Paddington, NSW
2016
- Rick Amor Drawing Prize
- Art Gallery of Ballarat, Victoria
2016
- Waverley Art Prize - Winner, Mayor’s Prize
- Waverley Woollahra Art School, Bondi, NSW
2015
- Blacktown City Art Prize - Highly Commended
- Blacktown Arts Centre
2015
- Tim Olsen Drawing Prize
- Kudos Gallery, Paddington, NSW
2015
- Finalist The Outback Open Prize
- Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery
2015
- Re-magined (Waste material transformed into art) - First Prize - mixed media category
2015
- Calleen Art Award
- Cowra
2014
- Blacktown City Art Prize - First - Works on Paper
- Blacktown Arts Centre
2014
- Hornsby Art Prize
2014
- Draw on the Mountain - Sketchbook Prize - First Prize
2014
- St George Art Award - Highly Commended
2014
- Waverley Art Award - Drawing - First Prize
2014
- Lethbridge 10 000 Small Scale Art Award
- Lethbridge Gallery Paddington QLD
2013
- Blacktown City Art Prize - Sculpture - First Prize
- Blacktown Arts Centre
2013
- Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize - Finalist
2013
- The Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing - Finalist
2013
- Selected Students Exhibition - Drawing - First Prize
- Trapezium Gallery - Western Sydney Institute
2012
- Hawkesbury Art Prize - Finalist
- Purple Noon Gallery
2012
- Blacktown City Art Prize - Finalist (Art Reference group prize for works on paper)
- Blacktown Arts Centre
2011
- Blacktown City Art Prize - Finalist (Acquired by Fords Lands Company)
- Blacktown Arts Centre
2008
- Kedumba Drawing Award - Finalist
2004
- Dobell Drawing Prize - Finalist
2003
- Kedumba Drawing Award - Finalist
Press / Publications / Blogs
2023
- ART COLLECTOR
- Ways of Seeing
2022
- Fibre Arts Take Two
- Article and interview page
2022
- CFM radio: France, drawing interview, 20 April 2022
radio interview
2021
- In the studio: Jody Graham
- Art Almanac, 20 December 2021
2021
- A beautiful second life: creating art from recycled materials
- ArtWorks ABC TV (start at 2min 35), 8 Dec 2022
2021
- Glynn L, Transformation: Art in the Recycle’
- Timeout, Tuesday August 10 2021
2021
- The Gardens Magazine – Winter 2021, Issue 129, p16-17
2021
- Art Wank podcast with Fiona Verity and Julie Nicholson
- Season 3, episode 61 – Jody Graham multidisciplinary artist
2021
- The 66th Blake Prize Catalogue
2021
- BigCi explores sights and sound and the artistic spaces in-between
- Hawkesbury Gazette 21 January 2021
2020
- Occupied – Blue Mountains City Art Gallery, curated Rilka Oakley 1 June - 5 July
- Online catalogue
2019
- Sculpture at Scenic World, exhibition catalogue ‘Someone Else’s Life’ Sculpture at Scenic World
2019
- Scaffer B,Scrattching the surface, ‘Witness’ exhibition essay, 31 August – 21 September, Lost Bear Gallery,Katoomba NSW
2018
- Scaffer B,Interupting the World, ‘After the rain’ exhibition essay, .M Contemporary Woollahra
2017
- Cheeseman J & Marashian N, ‘Mythologies of the Discarded’ exhibition catalogue 28 October – 26 November 2017 Peacock Gallery & auburn Art studio
2017
- Cawthorn M, Off Site exhibition catalogue June 2017 Gaffa Gallery Sydney
2017
- NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize catalogue October 2017 Parliament House Sydney NSW
2017
- Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing catalogue January 2017 Adelaide Perry Gallery
2017
- Siteworks, exhibition catalogue, Bundanon Trust, Illaroo
2017
- Fortescue Elizabeth ‘Artist Jody Graham’s love of bowerbirds inspired her latest installation at Sculpture at Scenic World in Katoomba ‘Daily Telegraph April 5,
2017
- ‘Scavenger’ Online statement
- Stacks Projects
2016
- Oz Art, Issue 7 Summer 2016, Re-Imaginging the Past - Artist Jody Graham.
- Pg 63-71
2015
- Artist Profile, Jody Graham
- www.james-blackwell.com
2015
- Art Collector-Guide to public & Regional Galleries-Edition 4/2014-p41
2015
- Oz Arts, Summer/Spring 2013, Drawing a crowd-The Kedumba Collection hits the road by Julian Leatherdale.
- Pg63- 72 www.ozarts.net.au
2014
- Kidd J, ABC News ‘Embers of Empathy’
Residencies
2023 March
- The Squatters Residency
- The Foundations, Portland NSW
2022 April/May
- DRAWinternational
- Caylus France
2020
- The Old School Mt Wilson
- Artist in Residence Program
2020
- BigCi
- Artist Residency
2018 October
- Grafton Regional Gallery
- Artist Residency
2018 March
- BigCi
- Artist Residency
2017 February
- BigCi
- Artist Residency
2016 June/July
- BigCi
- Artist Residency
2015
- Blacktown Artist Studio
- Artist Residency
Public Artworks / Commissions and Grants
2019
- Art on the Greenway
- Newtown Art Seat, Newtown NSW
2018
- Art on the Greenway
- Leichardt NSW
2017
- Siteworks
- Bundanon Trust, Illaroo NSW
Public Collections
The Adelaide Perry Collection
Kedumba Collection of Australian Drawings
Waverley Council
Blacktown City Council
Western Sydney Institute
- TAFE NSW - OTEN
NADC
- Nepean Art & Design Centre - TAFE NSW
Australian Ford Lands Company

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