"My current series of works are trying to progress into finding the definitive image of London."
Graham Holland is an award winning lens based artist, who specializes in creating evocative images of the urban world. With most of the world's population now living in a city, Holland's work explores the new urban political and economic landscape and its cultures. His fascination with city life predominantly focuses on London's cityscape, its remarkable transformation in the 20th Century and how this has affected the people living and working within it.
From the early beginnings of civilization to the complex urban cities of today, artists have always been concerned with the portrayal of their surroundings. From the early sand paintings of the South American Indians, to the art of the present day, artists have depicted the functionality and spiritual existence of life within and surrounding their dwellings. Cityscapes painted during the medieval period often served as maps for their citizens, describing in detail the commercial centers, residential districts and the occupations and day to day activities of the cities inhabitants, and now offer us great insight into what life might have been like then. Graham Holland's work, although far from charting the city streets, photographically encapsulates the architecture and the city environment and presents us with an impression of modern city dwelling.
"When photographing I'm looking for interesting angles and unique objects that have come from the everyday. When I'm working on the final image I'm always looking to try and create an image with an even balance that on its own could represent fully the location, almost the definitive image."
Just as a city landscape oscillates dialectically between creation and accumulation, so too do Holland's photographic collages. Reflecting the process by which a city develops and expands Graham's work both creates and deconstructs space. If an identity of a city is created by past periods of decline as much as it is balanced against previous periods of prosperity then the idea of demolition and construction must walk hand in hand. In Holland's work we find a parallel process of natural order, regulation and organization. Through the reconstruction and juxtaposition of representational imagery, and by the transparent layering of the buildings and figures within the composition, Holland creates a visual impact which reflects the intensity and fast pace of everyday life in the city. His work documents the architecture and city environments of London and questions how the urban landscape affects us, our life style, daily routines and standards of living.
Holland has been a professional artist for over ten years, and in that time has participated in over seventy exhibitions in the UK, Netherlands and America. He has an impressive client list which includes, Allen & Overy, Starbucks, Transport for London, The London Studios (ITV), Carling, JD Wetherspoon, Pizza Express, Bruntwoods (Official Partner of the Commonwealth Games 2002), and the BBC . Currently studying an MA in Photography and Urban Culture at the Centre for Urban and Community Research at Goldsmiths College, London, Graham previously studied a Fine Art degree at the University of Central Lancashire. His work has been extensively featured in the TV program, Home on ITV and culture magazine Blueprint. Other media attention includes Broadcast, Property Week and A-N magazine.