Michael Graham is a graduate of Memphis College of Art (1974 Merit Scholarship Award, BFA 1976), and worked as a professional artist and designer in Memphis until 1992. His work has consisted primarily of commissioned drawings and the production of limited edition, hand-pulled serigraphs and intaglios. From graduation to 2004, Graham farmed in Tennessee and Texas, raising cotton, soybeans, corn and cattle. It was between the long, straight rows, the stock pens and barbed wire, that the romantic tie between his work as a visual artist and the turning of the alluvial soil was formed. Born in Shreveport in 1950, Graham moved full circle in 2004 and is now teaching drawing and printmaking at Louisiana State University in Shreveport. He was awarded a one-man show at the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum (2005) and the state museums in Natchitoches and Baton Rouge (2008-2009). Michael Graham has been the recipient of two grants from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, and two Louisiana Board of Regents grants. Graham currently lives on his farm in rural Caddo Parish with his partner Contina, and their animals where he maintains his studio and fishes at every opportunity. Michael Graham was raised in the rural, agrarian South and feels a powerful bond to his native countryside. This life and the people who serpentine their way through it, have been the driving force in his imagery. Michael Graham is a storyteller in two dimensions.
This website stands as an online portfolio and summary of work produced over the last few years.