Biography

 

Stephane Graff (b. 1965) is a Franco-British artist based in London. His practice is characterised by the use of analogue photographic techniques and photorealistic paintings. Having been influenced by the psychoanalytical traditions of Freud and Jung, and scientific methods, Graff, regularly addresses in his work themes of identity, concealment, memory and a secular conception of the sacred. In-depth research led Graff to develop Alter Egos such as the scientist ‘Professore’ and the ethno-botanist Dr Albert Frique. His most extensive bodies of work are the ‘Black Box’ paintings, the ‘Constrictions’ photographic series, and the ‘Mille-Feuille’ paintings, which are made on numerous strips of wood, combining the disciplines of painting and sculpture. Graff has exhibited internationally. Selected exhibitions include: Galleria Mucciaccia, Rome (2018); Almine Rech Gallery, in London (2016); The Musée d’Art Modern et Contemporain in Nice, France (2013); the Ercel Foundation in Turin, Italy (2010); the Operating Room, Amerikan Hastanesi, Istanbul (2010); the Musee de Marrakech, Morocco (2004); and the Museum of Mankind in London (1991). 

 

Solo Exhibitions

 

2018

Eyedentity, Galleria Mucciaccia, Rome, Italy 

2016 

A Catalogue of Errors, Almine Rech Gallery, London, UK 

2010 

Professore, Operation Room, Amerikan Hastanesi, Istanbul, Turkey 

2007 

Black Box, Enrico Navarra, Paris, France 

2006 

Invisible Ink, Hamiltons Gallery, London, UK 

2003 

Les Remparts, Dar Charifa, Marrakech, Morocco 

2001 

Corps Anonyme, Studio show and book launch, London, UK 

2000 

Land, Hirshl Contemporary, London, UK 

1999 

Sandlines, Blains Fine Art, London, UK 

1997 

Akhenaten’s Dream, Fabian Fryns Gallery, Marbella, Spain 

Still Glass, Michael Hoppen Photography, London, UK 

1994 

Sand Reliefs and Mummi cations, Burlington New Art Gallery, London, UK 

1992 

Constrictions, Hamiltons Gallery, London, UK 

1991 

Lost Tribe, Museum of Mankind, London, UK 

1988 

The Last Supper, Roussos Gallery, London, UK 

 

Group Exhibitions

 

2017 

Visionaries of the XXI Century, Partners & Mucciaccia, London, UK 

2016 

I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper, curated by Catherine Loewe. Griffin Gallery, London UK 

2015 

The Nude, Sotheby’s S2 Gallery, London, UK. 

Arboretum, Crane Kalman Gallery, London, UK. 

2013 

La Quatrième dimension, Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Nice, France 

2012 

Certains pleurent d’émotion devant les équations, Odile Ouizeman, Paris, France
London 12, City of Prague Museum, Prague, Czech Republic 

Words, words, words, Beton Gallery, Athens, Greece 

2010 

Identity Theft, Mimmo Scognamiglio Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy
Platinum, Ercel Foundation, Turin, Italy
Wonderland, Assab One, Milan, Italy 

2009 

Play, Paradise Row, London, UK
Il faut être absolument moderne, Paradise Row, Istanbul, Turkey 

2008 

Africa, Bernard Shapero Gallery, London, UK 

2004 

Haik Project, Musée de Marrakech, Marrakech, Morocco 

2001 

Into the Light, Pamukbank Fotograf Galerisi, Istanbul, Turkey 

2000 

Painted Pictures, Michael Hoppen Photography, London, UK 

1999 

Into the Light, Calcogra a National, Madrid, Spain 

Silence in Painting, Crane Kalman Gallery, London, UK 

Into the Light, Royal Photographic Society, Bath, UK 

1997 

Six Artists, Lefevre Gallery, London, UK 

1996 

The Body, Michael Hoppen Photography, London, UK 

1994 

Constrictions, Lucie Weil-Selligman, Paris, France 

1993 

Constrictions, Zeit Foto Gallery, Tokyo, Japan 

1992 

Group Show, Kooling Gallery, London, UK 

1991 

Five Young Contemporaries, Crane Gallery, London, UK 

1987 

Group Show, Hamiltons Gallery, London, UK 

 

 

Bibliography - Stephane Graff

 

“Who was Jesus?”, The Sunday Times Magazine, London, UK, December 24, 1988. 

 

“Stephane Graff . The Last Supper”, Exhibition Catalogue, A. Roussos Gallery, London, UK, 1989. 

 

“Stephane Graff . The Last Supper”, A. Roussos Gallery, BoardRoom Magazine, January, London, UK, 1989. 

 

G.T. De Dreyer, “Stephane Graff .The Last Supper”, A. Roussos Gallery, The Best Magazine, Paris, France, February 1989.

 

Mary Rose Beaumont, “Five Young Contemporaries”, Crane Gallery, Arts Review, London, UK, February 8, 1991, p. 73.

 

“Constrictions”, Exhibition Catalogue, Hamiltons Gallery, London, UK, 1992. 

 

“Series of Constriction Nudes, A, B, SEA”, Art Newspaper, London, UK, 1992. 

 

Caroline Smith, “Bound to Please”, What’s On, London, UK, August 12, 1992, pp. 18–19. 

 

Exhibition Catalogue, ZEIT FOTO GALLERY, Tokyo, Japan, 1993. 

 

“Sand Reliefs and Mummications”, Exhibition Catalogue, Burlington New Art Gallery, London, UK, 1994. 

 

T De Dreyer, Exhibition Review, Sand Reliefs and Mummications, BoardRoom Magazine, London, UK, December 1994. 

 

David Cohen, “Stephane Graff ”, Contemporary Art, London, UK, 1994. 

 

Celia Littleton, “Sand Reliefs and Mummications”, TATLER, London, UK, December 1994. 

 

David Gritten, “Egyptian Inspiration”, The Daily Telegraph Arts & Books, London, UK, September 24, 1994. 

 

Karl-Peter Gottschalk, “Stéphane Graff ”, Black+White Magazine, Australia, June 1995, pp. 88–90. 

 

“Akhenaten’s Dream”, The Reporter, Spain, September 1997. “Akhenaten’s Dream”, El Puerto de Les Artes, Spain, October 1997. 

 

Antonio Garrido, “Akhenaten’s Dream”, La Bado, Spain, September 20, 1997. 

 

Enrique Castaños Ales, “El Sueño de Akhenaten”, EL SUR, Spain, September 7, 1997. 

 

”Contemporary British Art”, Exhibition Catalogue, Lefevre Gallery, London, UK, 1997. 

 

“Stephane Graff Mumien und Höhlenbilder”, Puerto Banús, Costa Blanca Nachrichten, September 25, 1997. 

 

Ales Enrique Castaños, “El sueño de Akhenaton, Critica de Arte”, Sabado: ARTE, October 11, 1997. 

 

“Silence in Painting”, Exhibition Catalogue, Crane Kalman Gallery, London, UK, 1999. 

 

“Sandlines”, Exhibition Catalogue, Blains Fine Art, London, UK, 1999. 

 

Waldemar Januszczak, “The Death of Photography”, Royal Photographic Society, Sunday Times Magazine, March 1999.

 

Stephane Graff , “The Art of Photograms”, Chemical Light, Limited edition book, London, UK, 2000. 

 

“Corps Anonyme, Black and White Photographic Nudes”, Limited Edition Book, London, UK, 2001. 

 

Platinum photography, 31 STUDIO, London, UK, 2004.


Marie Hallard, “Invisible Ink”, Photo Magazine, London, 2006. 

 

Du Reve a la légende, “Les Remparts” exhibition, Catalogue, Dar Cherifa, Marrakech, Morocco, 2006. 

 

Philippe Garner, Chris Townsend, Platinum photography, 31 STUDIO, London, UK, 2007. 

 

Augusto Pieroni, “STEPHANE GRAFF: Moulding the Naked Body”, EYEMAZING, Amsterdam, Holland, Spring 2006. 

 

Augusto Pieroni, “Leggere la fotografia”, Book cover, Roma Italy, 2006. 

 

Augusto Pieroni, “The Third Eye”, Stephane Graff . Black Box, Galerie Enrico Navarra, Paris, France, 2007, pp. 7–23.

 

Pat Befnergas, “In Search of the Sacred”, Stephane Graff . Black Box, Galerie Enrico Navarra, Paris, France, 2007, pp. 122–126. 

 

“Insight: The Constriction Series, Stephane Graff . Black Box”, Galerie Enrico Navarra, Paris, France, 2007, pp. 148-151.

 

Bernard Shapero, Exhibition Catalogue, Tribal Portraits, London, 2008. 

 

“Il Faut Etre Absolument Moderne”, Paradise Row, Hurliez Daily News, Istanbul, Turkey. 2009. 

 

“Professore”, Paradise Row, Avrupa Gazette, London, UK, 2009. “Professore”, Operation Room, SABAT, Istanbul, Turkey, 2010. 

 

Ali Deniz Uslu, “Professore”, Operation Room, Cum Huriet Pazar, Istanbul, Turkey, 2010. 

 

Piril Gülesçi Arikonmaz, “Professore”, Operation Room, Habaturk, Istanbul, Turkey, 2010. 

 

“Professore”, Operation Room, OK Magazine, Istanbul, Turkey, 2010. 

 

Cristiana Campanini, “Via Padova come l’East End coi nipotini di Damien Hirst”, La Repubblica, Milan, Italy, April 8, 2010. 

 

Mine Haydargülu, “Professore”, Operation Room, Sanat Duntamiz, Istanbul 2010. 

 

“Stephane Graff , Professore”, Exhibition Catalogue, Amerikan Hastanesi, Istanbul, Turkey, 2010. 

 

Chloe Vaitsou, “Stephane Graff : The Strange Case of Professore”, Amerikan Hastenasi Yayinlari, Istanbul, Turkey, 2010, pp. 15–19. 

 

Fatos Üstek, “Stephane Graff in conversation with Fatos Ustek”, Amerikan Hastenasi Yayinlari. Istambul, Turkey, 2010, pp. 168–172. 

 

Florence Lobet, “Professore”, EYEMAZING Magazine, Amsterdam, Holland, Issue 3, 2011. 

 

“Platinum”, 31 STUDIO Archive, in collaboration with Ersel Foundation, Turin, Italy, 2010. 

 

Mine Haydaroglu, “An alter ego’s look at art and science: Stephane Graff and ‘Professore’”, Sanat Dünyamiz: Kültur Ve Sanat dergisi iki ayda bir yayimlanir, Sanat Dünyamiz May - June 2011, pp. 47–55.

 

LONDON TWELVE, Exhibition Catalogue, GHMP (Prague City Gallery), Prague, Czech Republic, 2012. 

 

“Si/If...”, BIL BO K Magazines des errancies contemporaines, Paris, France, n. 30, Bruxelles/Paris, Belgium/France, Biannual, May 2012. 

 

Phillipe Dagen, “Galerie: Eric Duyckaerts, Jean-Michel Pancin, Reynold Reynolds, Stéphane Graff : Galerie Odile Quizeman”, LE MONDE, Exhibition Review, Odile Ouizeman Gallery, Paris, France, February 27, 2012. 

 

La quatrième dimension. (Julien Crépieux, Stéphane Graff , Laurent Grasso, Bertrand Lamarche, Stéphane Thidet)”,

Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain (MAMAC), Nice, France, February 9 - May 26, 2013. 

 

Susan Zadeh, “Eyemazing: The New Collectible Photography”, Thames and Hudson, London, UK, 2013, p. 529. 

ARBORETUM. “A Journey Through Trees”, Exhibition Catalogue, Crane Kalman Gallery, November 19, 2015 – January 16, 2016, London, UK, 2016, pp. 62-63. 

 

Arboretum, “Into the Woods”, Crane Kalman Gallery, Luxury London, London, UK, 2016. 

 

#18, Gallery Catalogue, Almine Rech Gallery, London, UK, 2016, pp. 66-67. 

 

V. Lindrea and K. Smith, “First Look: A Catalogue of Errors”, BBC NEWS, London, UK, 2017. 

 

Catherine Loewe, “I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper”, Exhibition Catalogue, Griffin Gallery, London, UK, 2017. 

 

Eyedentity, Exhibition Catalogue, Galleria Mucciaccia, Rome, Italy, March 22 - May 05,  2018.

 

James Putnam, The Archaeology of the Image, Catalogue Essay, Eyedentity, Galleria Mucciaccia, Rome, Italy, March 22 - May 05, 2018.

 

Identity Theft, Galleria Mucciaccia, Rome, Italy, March 2018.

 

Costantino D’Orazio, Facing the Portrait, Identity Theft, Galleria Mucciaccia, Rome, Italy, March 2018.