In The Studio With Emerging Artist Erin Graham

Abstract beauty

By Astrid Taemets | 18th April 2023

Featuring a distinctively Australian approach to her work, emerging Brisbane artist Erin Graham finds joy in experimentation, producing pieces that are playful, bold, elegant, and anchored in masterful creativity. 

A marvellous blend of mediums, colours, and formats, Erin predominantly works on a commission basis which allows her to create art that is real, raw, and as relative to the homes they are showcased in as the hours she puts in the studio. 

Bringing to life blank canvases with her ability to marry the beauty of simplicity with dimension is what gives each piece edge, and it’s evident her career as a prominent creator in the art scene is on the rise… 

When did you start painting?

I’ve experimented on and off throughout my life, but the first time I seriously started painting and considering commission work was around the end of 2020. 

Describe your artistic style:

Right now it’s geometric abstract art, however the overarching style is contemporary abstract paintings, typically featuring textured brush strokes in pastel and neutral tones.

What mediums do you use?

Acrylic and mixed media

What inspires you?

Interior design, the outdoors, and not surprisingly, other artists. My favourite thing to do is look at art from all over the world.

Your top three favourite artists:

I am currently obsessed with a few European artists:

Walk us through your commission process:

Most of the time, a client will come to me with a style of mine already in mind. They will show me the space where it will go, and then we’ll collaborate on colour themes and an overall vibe. Sometimes I’ll get free reign to do whatever I like, which is always fun!

What’s your favourite artwork to date?

I would say Wategos – a large beach abstract. I like it for its originality, as I haven’t seen anything close to it. It’s weird and wonderful. 


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How long does a piece take you?

It really depends. If the flow comes easy, it can take only a couple of days. Mostly though, especially for the larger pieces, it can take between 1-2 weeks.

Where would you love to see your art this year?

I would love to hold an exhibition later in the year in a non-conventional gallery space. I have two pieces going into Allonda restaurant soon, so it would be cool to see more of my work in restaurants.

What do you love about being an artist?

For me, the best part is creating pieces that resonate with clients. I also feel lucky to have a creative outlet that keeps me inspired, centred, and forward focused. 

What’s something you wish people knew about artists?

There is a lot of work that goes into a single piece, and as a practice, it’s extremely messy! I also think we’re some of the most sensitive and vulnerable people, so putting your work out there for sale can sometimes be hard.

By Astrid Taemets An advocate for a dirty martini any day of the week, Astrid's life is equal parts cleaning crumbs off a three-year-old as it is enjoying a bump of caviar.



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