Alan Graham was born in 1939 in Dublin. He commenced his artistic career in Belfast in the late fifties as an apprentice linen designer in John Shaw Brown (1955-58). After three years he returned to Dublin and worked in a leading advertising company as a commercial artist for many years. During his time in Dublin he attended the College of Art (1958-61).
He was influenced by mountaineering and took off on many expeditions to the Arctic. His experience of the outdoors had an influence on his paintings.
The philosophy of his work, how he interprets the images that confront him and their infect on his subconscious has produced works that invoke abstract meaning of silence.
As far as the subjects of his paintings go, they are one moment of time involving particular images in relationship to each other and to him, after that moment has past all the problems are pictorial paintings have become more elaborate, because he wants them to contain more of the subject and rhythm of the environment.
He has various group shows in Dublin and Belfast. He lives and works for part of the year in Provence in the South of France.