Carol Graham

Carol Graham works across genres and her ever-evolving images appeal to a wide range of art lovers. Her work is held in private collections, public institutions, businesses and galleries across the UK, Ireland, USA, South Africa and Australia.

Carol trusts and courageously follows her inner voice. Her subject matter varies, including landscapes, seascapes, still life, horses, and spiritual, metaphorical and abstract images. She often produces images in groups or in a series.

Throughout her subject matter, from the most vibrant to the darkest, there is a consistent quality of light; Carol especially enjoys dawn and dusk.

Carol Graham lives near Belfast and has a studio in Lisburn. The Irish artist is available for commissions (portraits) including horses, landscapes, still life etc. One-to-one/group teaching sessions and studio visits. Carol has a substantial body of work which can be viewed at her studio by appointment. 

Carol Graham was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and attended Belfast College of Art. On leaving she set up a studio in an old barn in a rural area (County Down) and began to exhibit her work in a variety of galleries.

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland commissioned and purchased her work, as did the Ulster Museum in Belfast. Regular commissions (including multiple portraits) followed and she continued to explore and extend her work.

In the early 1990s Carol experienced a period of depression, which she sought to explore and understand through her work. Her images changed, encompassing new subject matter of Irish mountain landscapes, which developed into cathartic and powerful abstract images: metaphorical explorations of emotional and spiritual experiences.

Carol’s acclaimed exhibition Into the Darkness, in Dublin and Belfast, was the culmination of this difficult and ultimately redemptive process.  Carol’s learning from this period informs all her subsequent work; she has a keen interest in art therapy.

Carol served as President of the Royal Ulster Academy (RUA) from 2003-2006, overseeing the transition from the Academy being hosted in the Ulster Museum, to the Ormeau Baths Gallery (due to the former’s temporary closure). An extremely successful period in the RUA's history.