‘BlueJay’ by Cielle Graham
Artist: Cielle Graham
Medium: Ink and coloured pencil on Bristol paper
Dimensions: 16″ x 16″
Year of Creation: 2022
About the Artist:
Born in 1987 Cielle Graham is a French New Zealand illustrator based in Montreal, Canada. She grew up in the French alps and studied at French animation school EMCA, going into the field with a fascination for movement and animals. Graduating in 2009 and finding animation industry work too constricting, she took her chance at farming, seeking to get closer to the natural rhythms. In 2013, unable to find her peace in the office or in the fields she went for the open road traveling, giving herself time to get back in tune. It’s in this space that in 2015 she discovered a medium that she continues to work with today, creating large scale animal drawings using pen and ink.
Having spent a lot of time outdoors over the years, observing and feeling the obvious connection between all living things but unable to articulate it, she has come to think of her drawings as not featuring humans or animals, but giving form to a kind of energy that is always with us, constantly moving and taking on different shapes. Although not being quite sure for herself what her work is really is about, it deals with that which is observed on the outside and felt within. Creating the drawings has been an outlet to arrive at some kind of closure with these moving emotions.
Her works have been part of group shows in the USA and France.