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Patrick Graham, "Wreath," 2005-2006
Patrick Graham, "Wreath," 2005-2006

San Francisco, CA - In a rare opportunity to view the works of Ireland’s most influential contemporary artist, Meridian Gallery Arts Center will display over 35 works by the artist Patrick Graham, including paintings, collages, and drawings.  This exhibition contains four of his monumental iconic diptychs. Two of these pieces, "Wreath" and "Somewhere Jerusalem," evoke the sense of ceremony, ritual, and a longing for space and homeland.  Organized by Meridian Gallery Arts Center, the exhibition will tour under the gallery’s auspices to; Katzen Museum of Art at American University (June 9, 2012-August 12, 2012) and the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art at Saint Louis University (September 23, 2012-December 16 2012).    The exhibition will include a full-color catalog.  

Graham is widely considered Ireland’s major contemporary painter; Graham’s paintings indeed have vistas that cannot be measured, his figures are fragmented, wounded humans, they are vulnerable, but promise endurance.”
      -    Curator Peter Selz

Graham has always created meditations in the form of landscapes and iconic imagery that touch upon questions pertaining to reality, the meaning of life, and the search for faith in a world of diminishing absolutes.

The landscape has influenced my work right up to the present, particularly the low horizon; and that great vista where you can encounter space, and figures in it, in all kinds of ways….Silences. No conversations. A looking-in, rather than a lived experience. That ‘looking-in on things’ has stayed with me: a self-contained art.”
        -    Patrick Graham
             “Interior Visions.” Irish Arts Review

Graham’s work has also been the subject of exhibitions and symposiums internationally, including the National Gallery of Ireland, the Berkeley Art Museum, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Trinity College, Walker Art Gallery in England, the Hokkaido Museum in Japan, the University of Michigan, Northeastern University, and Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Works are selected from Jack Rutberg Fine Arts (LA),  Graham’s international agent.

Additional information and related public programs available at: www.meridiangallery.org 
Images from the exhibition for press purposes available upon request to Meridian.


Exhibition Tour Schedule:

Meridian Gallery Arts Center, San Francisco CA
February 4, 2012- April 14, 2012

Katzen Art Center,
Washington DC
American University
June 9, 2012 through August 12, 2012.

Museum of Contemporary Religious Art, Saint Louis MO
Saint Louis University
September 23, 2012 – December 16, 2012

*Other venues to be announced

Public Programs at Merridian Gallery Arts Center:

Date: Friday, March 9th, 7-9pm
Title: "On Patrick Graham"
A Critical Exploration by Kenneth Baker of the San Francisco Chronicle
Tickets: $5-20 Suggested Donation

Date: Thursday, March 22, 7-9pm
Title: "Irish-American Poets"
A Reading with Michael Ryan, Laura Moriarty and Terry Ehret
Tickets: $5-20 Suggested Donation

Date: Thursday, March 29, 7-9pm
Title: "Longing For Elsewhere: My Irish Voyage Through Hunger, History & High Times"
A Reading with Songs by Renée Gibbons
Tickets: $5-20 Suggested Donation

Dates:  Friday April 6th Saturday April 7th at 7:30 pm
Title:  "Yours and Mine"
Meridian Dance presents the world premiere of "Yours and Mine" by choreographer Macklin Kowal.  Departing from Graham's depictions of the fragmented form - Kowal presents a performance installation and a study in embodied empathy.
Tickets: $10-$20 Suggested Donation



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