My recent work investigates themes of isolation, abandonment, and transformation through the
use of negative space. I see the negative space in a double sense. In one way, it frames out the
subject in a reductive manner. In another respect, the space itself becomes second to the
My paintings examine the fragility of life in rural areas, particularly West Texas, as more
Americans leave the pastoral for an urban existence. With the rise of suburbia and the decline of
small town America, cities expanded beyond their central business district at alarming rates.
Since the 1970s, urban landscape has been transformed into gated communities, leaving behind
a collapsing interior. In the past 10 years these interiors have slowly seen a rebirth. Not only do
my paintings address issues of urban sprawl and abandonment, but also I’m looking at the
revitalization of central business districts across America.
Eric Graham was born and raised in Texas. He received his BFA from the University of North
Texas in 1998. Shortly thereafter, he relocated to New York to continue his work with the
Good/Bad Art Collective. In the summer of 2005, Eric Graham attended the artist in residence
program at the Cooper Union School of Art. In 2006, Eric Graham was accepted into the Bronx
Museum of Art, Artist in the Marketplace program and had his first solo show in Philadelphia, at
Pentimenti Gallery. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.