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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. He has been included in a three person show at Ana Cristea Gallery, New York and is included in the Peacock Space (Aberdeen) Simply Painting exhibition - a group show focusing on the language of abstract painting. In 2009 he was awarded the Jerwood’s Galleries New Contemporary painting prize and in 2005 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


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



Creekside Open 2019 ATP Gallery, London. Selected by Sacha Craddock 

Of course, I haven’t forgotten Andrew Graves Gabriela Giroletti B Chehayeb Ben Walker. Warbling Collective, Dulwich, London.


Mix Painting Show Talar Aghbashian Rachel Birkett Gareth Cadwallader, Chris Daniels Sarah Dwyer EC Freya Guest Turps Gallery, London


Simply Painting Andrew Graves Vanessa Jackson Jon Thompson Rosa Lee. Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, Scotland. (IMAG)


Spool Andrew Graves Neil Rumming and Marco Palmeiri Ana Cristea Gallery, New York


Summer Show Phillip Allen Kiera Bennett Simon Bill Juan Bolivar Claudia Böse Andrew Graves Lion and Lamb Gallery, London


The Curator’s Egg, Altera Pars Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London

The Perfect Nude curated by Phillip Allen and Dan Coombs. Wimlbledon Space (touring to Phoenix Gallery, Exeter)


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

Mind’s Matters Leigh Clarke, Andrew Graves Bob & Roberta Smith Marilou van Lierop and Wim Wauman Gallery Kusseneers Antwerp, Belgium

Fade Away Transition Gallery, London (touring to Gallery North, Newscastle)


Standing on the Shoulder of Giants Andrew Graves Curtis Mann Bob and Roberta Smith Wim Wauman The Temporary Gallery, Cologne, curated by Caren Jones

Between the Possible and the Real - 4 British Abstract Painters

Jon Thompson Ben Ravenscroft Andrew Graves Andrew Bick Galerie Kusseneers, Antwerp, Belgium


Jerwood Contemporary Painters Prize, Jerwood Space, London (touring to PSL, Leeds, Norwich Gallery, Norwich and New Pitville Gallery, Cheltenham)


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


Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Barbican, London (touring to Spike Island, Bristol, Cornerhouse, Manchester)             


Unique Sensationalle, Factor 44, Antwerp, Belgium




Jerwood Contemporary Painters Prize

Gana Art Gallery, Artists Residency, Seoul, South Korea


Bloomberg New Contemporaries

Publications and reviews


2015                 Simply Painting                        Catalogue

2011                 Fade Away                               Catalogue

2006                 Wandering Star                        Sacha Craddock Catalogue

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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