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Andrew Graves studied at Kingston University (Ba Hons) and Middlesex University (MA), where he completed his PhD (examined by Iain Kiaer and Sonia Boyce) in 2016. His Doctorate ‘A User’s Guide for Painters and Cyclists: Very Abstract Painting and Serious Cycling’ explores contemporary painterly abstraction specifically in the context of European and mid-century American painting and uses the racing cyclist as model for practice. He has exhibited widely including Switzerland, Belgium, France, USA, South Korea and the UK. This past year he has been included in the Marlborough Gallery’s Abstract Colour exhbition and Sean Scully recently included his work in Hidden UK, Hidden Ireland at Flowers Gallery, London. He has also been included in a three person show at Ana Cristea Gallery, New York and was included in the Peacock Space (Aberdeen) Simply Painting exhibition - a group show focusing on the language of abstract painting. He has been awarded the Jerwood’s Galleries New Contemporary painting prize and selected for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries exhibition at The Curve, Barbican.

Education and Qualifications



PhD Fine Art 2016

Doctor of Arts

Middlesex University, London

Internal Examiner: Sonia Boyce

External Examiner: Ian Kiaer



MA Fine Art Distinction 

Middlesex University, London



PGCE Art and Design

Middlesex University, London



BA (Hons) Fine Art First Class

Kingston University, Surrey

Solo Exhibitions


2023                 Andrew Graves Back at the place they started French Riviera Gallery, London

2023                 Andrew Graves Fans Kasl Projects, Eindhoven, Netherlands

2017                 Andrew Graves HSBC Collection, HSBC Tower, London

2012                 Andrew Graves Studio 1.1 Gallery, London

2008                 The Solo Project Art Basel, Switzerland

2007                 All Falls Down Galerie Kusseneers, Antwerp, Belgium

2006                 24 Hours Galerie Gana-Beaubourg, Paris, France

2005                 Most Things Worked Out Galerie Kusseneers, Antwerp, Belgium


Selected Group Shows

2023    Abstract Colour Group Show with Gillian Ayres and Linda Benglis, Marlborough Gallery London
2022     Small is Beautiful 40th Edition Group Show Flowers Cork Street London
2022    Gertrude Presents Group show showcasing the platform Truman Brewery London
2022    H
idden UK Hidden Ireland Group Show Flowers Gallery London. Selected by Sean Scully
2019    ATP Gallery Creekside Open 2019 London Selected by Sacha Craddock
2017    Mix Painting Show Talar Aghbashian Rachel Birkett Gareth Cadwallader, Chris Daniels Sarah Dwyer EC Freya Guest Turps Gallery, London
2015    Simply Painting Andrew Graves Vanessa Jackson Jon Thompson Rosa Lee. Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, Scotland. (IMAG)
2014    Spool Andrew Graves Neil Rumming and Marco Palmeiri Ana Cristea Gallery, New York
2013    Summer Show Phillip Allen Kiera Bennett Simon Bill Juan Bolivar Claudia Böse Andrew Graves Lion and Lamb Gallery, London
2012    The Curator’s Egg, Altera Pars Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London
2012    The Perfect Nude curated by Phillip Allen and Dan Coombs. Wimlbledon Space (touring to Phoenix Gallery, Exeter)
2011    Memory of a Hope Andrew Graves Angus Braithwaite Anthony Shapland Antoine L'Heureux Bedwyr Williams Clare Kenny Dan Ford Doug Jones                    Eleanor Moreton Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool
2011    Mind’s Matters Leigh Clarke, Andrew Graves Bob & Roberta Smith Marilou van Lierop and Wim Wauman Gallery Kusseneers Antwerp, Belgium
2011.   Fade Away Transition Gallery, London (touring to Gallery North, Newscastle)
2010   Standing on the Shoulder of Giants Andrew Graves Curtis Mann Bob and Roberta Smith Wim Wauman The Temporary Gallery, Cologne, curated by               Caren Jones
2010.  Between the Possible and the Real - 4 British Abstract Painters Jon Thompson Ben Ravenscroft Andrew Graves Andrew Bick Galerie Kusseneers,                 Antwerp, Belgium
2009   Jerwood Contemporary Painters Prize, Jerwood Space, London (touring to PSL, Leeds, Norwich Gallery, Norwich and New Pitville Gallery,                               Cheltenham)
2006   Wandering Star (Contemporary British Art Show) Mark Wallinger Andrew
           Graves Muzi Quawson Jon Thompson Sam Porrit Phyllida Barlow and others Curator Jeremy Akerman Gana Gallery Seoul. South Korea
2005   Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Barbican, London (touring to Spike Island, Bristol, Cornerhouse, Manchester)        
2004   Unique Sensationalle, Factor 44, Antwerp, Belgium



2022                 Artist in Residence – Liberty London

2009                 Jerwood Contemporary Painters Prize

2005                 Bloomberg New Contemporaries


Publications and reviews


2023                 Abstract Colour Catalogue Marlborough Gallery, London

2015                 Simply Painting Catalogue Inverness Museum, Scotland

2011                 Fade Away Catalogue

2006                 Wandering Star Sacha Craddock Catalogue August

2005                 The Observer Review Rachel Cooke Sunday November

2005                 Sunday Times on Sunday Review Waldemar Januszczak November

2005                 Independent on Sunday Review November

2005                 Bloomberg New Contemporaries Catalogue



Professor Jon Bird

Middlesex University

Hendon Campus

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