Graham Lister (b.1982) is a painter and researcher based in Glasgow, Scotland. In 2016, he completed a Practice-based PhD at the Glasgow School of Art.
His ongoing practice is concerned with using the activity of painting as a way of thinking about contemporary physical experiences. His work encompasses gradual abstraction processes which showcase investigations of the visual codes and surface materialities which often go unnoticed within our everyday lives. Ideas connected to how the painting studio is used, and how painted explorations of surface textures, materials and repeated mark-making processes can be positioned in new and interesting ways form the core of his practice-based research activities.
His paintings have been shown in a large number of group exhibitions nationally and internationally, with solo exhibitions also taking place in recent years in Manchester, Glasgow and Berlin.
Prior to his PhD at the GSA, he studied at Gray’s School of Art, studying on the MFA programme, and at the University of Glasgow, gaining an MA(Hons) in Art History. He worked at the GSA from 2008 – 2015 (Historical and Critical Studies and Painting and Printmaking), and then at the University of Huddersfield 2015 – 2017 (Contemporary Art).
Returning to Glasgow in 2017, he has worked as a Lecturer in Painting and Printmaking and as a Tutor for the Widening Participation programme at the GSA. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
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