Ineke Graham

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“Through my painting practice and subject matter I am expressing a need for my self and a desire for others to look inward. There, I am searching for meaning in stillness and trust in the self. In a number of my paintings I manipulate and apply the paint rather aggressively which creates a sense of tension or contrast with the more peaceful or still subject matter. I do this simply as a means of connecting with the paint itself, independent of the subject. This ‘back-and-forth’ attention between experimenting and pushing paint and the formation of an image or depicted composition is sometimes playful and other times a battle for dominance. I build my compositions through forms that take shape in the image – a shadow, and its corresponding area of light; the angle of a table edge or the curve of an arm. These building blocks of form and colour are carried through into the design of my wooden frames which repeat the expression of positive and negative space.” Ineke Graham.

Ineke was seventeen when she came to Canada with her parents and siblings. She attended the Ontario College of Art in 1956–57 and then returned to Rotterdam to complete her studies at the Academie van Beeldende Kunsten, graduating in 1959. She returned to Canada raising a family of four children while continuing to practice her painting. In 1983, she founded Studio 21 Fine Art, which she owned and directed until 2011. Since then, she has returned to painting in her home-based studio on the lake.


Summer Exhibition: Art & Form

Jul 8 2017 - Sep 12 2017

Still Lifes and Lifes Re-Lived

Mar 31 2017 - Apr 26 2017

Winter Group Exhibition

Dec 16 2016 - Feb 1 2017
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On the Horizon: New works by Ineke Graham & Janice Leonard

Published Mar 21 2017 by

New works by gallery founder Ineke Graham and longtime gallery artist Janice Leonard are the subject of the next exhibition at Studio 21, running from March 31 through to April 26, 2017. Ineke’s show Still Lifes and Lifes Re-Lived focuses on her Halifax studio and its layers of memory. Leonard’s Annapolis, Subd. B: postcards from…

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The Quiet Behind Vivid Colour

Published Nov 26 2015 by Elissa Barnard, Chronicle Herald

Ineke Graham’s colours are bold and her geometry dynamic, but her aim is contemplation. The title of her first solo exhibit in 11 years is Contemplating Stillness “to emphasize serenity in my work,” says the Halifax artist and former owner of Studio 21. “We live such a stressful life. I am expressing a need for…

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