Jody Graham / Sydney NSW Australia / Artist Biography and CV

Artist Biography 

Drawing is at the core of Jody Graham’s multidisciplinary art. She relentlessly explores new techniques and investigates contemporary drawing practice. To do this she builds on and then moves beyond conventional drawing processes in search of new methods and tools that connect drawing with the fundamental need to make symbolic marks.

From the earliest days visiting scrap metal yards and her father’s factory in western Sydney – inspired by the action of machinery and the draftsmen’s tables where they drew designs for machinery by hand – the recurring themes in Jody’s work have centred on the broken, the displaced and the forgotten.

Whether expressed in drawing, sculpture, installation or performance, this speaks to her long-nurtured urge to rescue and restore, with the objective of recycling and re-purposing both materials and techniques.

Jody has had over ten solo exhibitions and exhibits frequently in important group exhibitions. She won the open Greenway Art Prize in 2017 (and the local prize again in 2020) and has been a finalist in many major art prizes, including the 66th Blake Prize, ‘Sculptures at Scenic World’ in Katoomba, and at the Muswellbrook, Paddington, and NSW Parliament’s Plein Air painting prizes.

Her work as been selected twice for the Kedumba Drawing Award Collection, and for the Jacaranda and Swan Hill Drawing Awards; and she has been a finalist in the Dobell, Rick Amor, and Adelaide Perry drawing prizes.

Jody’s work is held in the Kedumba Collection of Australian Drawings, in Waverley and Blacktown City Council collections, at the Western Sydney Institute, in the Nepean Arts and Design Centre, and in private collections nationally and in the UK, USA, and New Zealand.

March 2021


Artist CV



Lost Bear Gallery



2018 Master of Art UNSW Art & Design Paddington

2012 Advanced diploma in Visual Art, WSI, Nepean Campus

1991 Billy Blue Graphic Art School, Diploma, North Sydney

1987-89 City Art Institute, Paddington


Solo Exhibitions2021

2021 Getting Pinked – Lost Bear Gallery

2021 Fly like a Bird – Nanda/Hobbs Gallery

2021 Somewhere to Land – Nanda/Hobbs Gallery

2020 Home – .M Contemporary – online exhibition

2019 Witness Lost Bear Gallery Katoomba NSW

2019 Pee in a Wetsuit or Take a Long Hot Spa? Chrissie Cotter Gallery Camperdown NSW

2018 After the Rain M.Contemporary Woollahra NSW

2018 Discarded  AD Space Paddington NSW

2018 Around the Block  Art Est Art School & Gallery Leichardt NSW

2017 Salvage Lost Bear Gallery Katoomba, NSW

2017 Scavenger  Stacks Projects Potts Point, NSW

2015 Sydney Drawn Lost Bear Gallery  Katoomba

2013 Urban Landscapes  Lost Bear Gallery   Katoomba

2011 Industrial Landscapes  Braemar Gallery   Springwood NSW


Group Exhibitions

2022 FIRE – Climarte Gallery, Richmond, Victoria

2022 Mimicry – Recent works by Jody Graham & Mark Cauvin – Rosby Art Gallery, Eurunderee, Mudgee Region NSW

2022 Blue Mountain Portraits – Blue Mountains City Art Gallery NSW

2021 Transformation – Sydney Botanical Gardens NSW

2021 Looking at Painting – Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre NSW

2021 Birdland 2021 – NPWS Blue Mountains Heritage Centre NSW

2021 Birds – Gallery 3 Byron Bay NSW

2021 Blue Mountain Portraits – Blue Mountains City Art Gallery NSW

2020 Makers Month – The Foundations, Portland NSW

2020 Occupied Blue Mountains Cultural Centre NSW

2020 Blue Mountain Portraits – Blue Mountains City Art Gallery NSW

2020 Birdland – NSW National Parks & Wildlife Blue Mountains Heritage Centre NSW

2019 Sculpture Otherwise – Blue Mountains Cultural Centre – Katoomba, NSW

2018 Articulate Turns Eight – Articulate Project Space – Leichhardt, NSW

2018 WILD  – Flora & Fauna in Australian Art Hawkesbury Regional Gallery Windsor NSW

2018 String Along Articulate Project Space Leichhardt NSW

2018 All is not Black & White Artsite Galleries Camperdown NSW

2018  Grid – Waiheke Community Art Gallery, Oneroa, New Zealand

2017  Smashed Screens – Delmar Gallery, Trinity Grammer School, Ashfield NSW

2017  Mythologies of the Discarded – Peacock Gallery Auburn NSW

2017  Siteworks – Bundanon Trust NSW

2017  Off Site – Gaffa Gallery – Sydney, NSW

2017   Sculpture Otherwise – Blue Mountains Cultural Centre – Katoomba, NSW

2016   Ephemeral Inscriptions – Gaffa Gallery – Sydney, NSW

2016   The William Fletcher Rome Travelling Fellowship & Bundanon Residency Exhibition – Artarmon Galleries, NSW

2016   Vantage Points – Art Est. Leichhardt, NSW

2016   Out of Africa – The Space Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2015   Considered – .M Contemporary, Woollahra, Sydney, NSW

2015   1200K West – Fowlers Gap – AD Space ay UNSW Art & Design Campus, Paddington, NSW

2014   Elephant in the Room – Brenda May Gallery – 2 Dank St, Waterloo NSW

2014   Tweed Regional Gallery – Highlights from the Kedumba Collection of Australian Drawings,cNSW

2014   Embers of Empathy – Surry Hills, NSW

2014   Annual Autumn Exhibition Royal Art Society of NSW – Lavender Bay, NSW

2014   Just Drawing Exhibition Royal Art Society of NSW – Lavender Bay, NSW

2013   African Safari Exhibition – Depot Gallery – 2 Danks St. Waterloo, NSW

2013   Most Group Exhibition – May St. Gallery – St Peters, NSW

2012   Framed Penrith Regional & Lewers Bequest Gallery – Penrith, NSW

2012   Kedumba Drawing Collection – Orange Regional Gallery, NSW

2011   3 + 1 Mixed Exhibition – Lost Bear Gallery – Leura, NSW

2006   Selected group exhibition – Kedumba Gallery – Wentworth Falls, NSW

2004   Selected group exhibition – Kedumba Gallery – Wentworth Falls, NSW


Collaborations/ Performance

2022 February – Mimicry – Sound Drawing – Jody Graham & Mark Cauvin – Rosby Art Gallery, Eurunderee, NSW

2021 December – Getting Pinked – Sound Drawing – Jody Graham & Mark Cauvin – Lost Bear Gallery, Katoomba, NSW

2021 January –  Sound Drawing – Jody Graham & Mark Cauvin – BigCi, Bilpin International Ground for Creative Initiatives, Bilpin, NSW


Selected Awards/ Prizes

2022 Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing – Adelaide Perry Gallery, Croydon, NSW – Winner

2021 Fisher’s Ghost Art Award – Campbelltown Arts Centre

2021 WAMA Art Prize – works on paper – WAMA Foundation, Victoria

2021 The 66th Blake Prize – Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre2020

2020 Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award – Grafton Regional Gallery, NSW

2020 The Greenway Art Prize – Winner local artist

2020 Gosford Art Prize – Gosford Regional Gallery, NSW

2020 Swan Hill Print & Drawing Award – Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery, Victoria

2020 Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing

2019 Blacktown City Art Prize

2019 Sculptures at Scenic World

2019 Art on the Greenway

2019 Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize

2018 Muswellbrook Art Prize

2017 Greenway Art Prize – Winner – Open Prize

2017 Blacktown City Art Prize

2017 Fishers Ghost Art Award – Campbelltown Arts Centre

2017 Paddington Painting Prize

2017 NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize

2017 Gosford Art Prize

2017 Environmental Award, Directors Cut – BigCi – Bilpin NSW

2017 Waverley Art Prize, Waverley Woollahra Art School, Bondi, NSW

2017 Sculptures at Scenic World, Katoomba, NSW

2017 Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing

2016 Fishers Ghost Art Award – Campbelltown Arts Centre, NSW

2016 Kudos Award – Kudos Gallery, Paddington, NSW

2016 Tim Olsen Drawing Prize – Kudos Gallery, Paddington, NSW

2016 Rick Amor Drawing Prize – Art Gallery of Ballarat, Victoria

2016 Waverley Art Prize, Waverley Woollahra Art School, Bondi – Winner, Mayor’s Prize

2015 Blacktown City Art Prize – Blacktown Arts Centre – Highly Commended

2015  Tim Olsen Drawing Prize – Kudos Gallery, Paddington

2015  Finalist The Outback Open Prize – Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery

2015  Re-magined (Waste material transformed into art) – First Prize – mixed media category.

2015  Calleen Art Award – Cowra

2014  Blacktown City Art Prize – First – Works on Paper

2014   Hornsby Art Prize

2014  Draw on the Mountain – Sketchbook Prize – First Prize

2014  St George Art Award – Highly Commended

2014   Waverley Art Award – Drawing – First Prize

2014   Lethbridge 10 000 Small Scale Art Award Lethbridge Gallery Paddington QLD

2013   Blacktown City Art Prize – Sculpture – First Prize

2013   Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize – Finalist

2013   The Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing – Finalist

2013   Selected Students Exhibition – Trapezium Gallery – Western Sydney Institute – Drawing – First Prize

2012   Hawkesbury Art Prize – Purple Noon Gallery – Finalist

2012   Blacktown City Art Prize – Finalist  (Art Reference group prize for works on paper)

2011   Blacktown City Art Prize – Finalist   (Acquired by Fords Lands Company)

2008   Kedumba Drawing Award – Finalist

2004    Dobell Drawing Prize – Finalist

2003    Kedumba Drawing Award – Finalist


Press/ Publications/ Blogs

2021 – In the studio: Jody Graham, Art Almanac, 20 December 2021


2021 – A beautiful second life: creating art from recycled materials | ArtWorks ABC TV (start at 2min 35), 8 Dec 2022

2021 Glynn L, Transformation: Art in the Recycle’ Timeout, Tuesday August 10 2021

2021 The Gardens Magazine – Winter 2021, Issue 129, p16-17


2021 Art Wank podcast with Fiona Verity and Julie Nicholson – Season 3, episode 61 – Jody Graham multidisciplinary artist


2021 The 66th Blake Prize Catalogue 

2021 BigCi explores sights and sound and the artistic spaces in-between, Hawkesbury Gazette 21 January 2021. 

2020 Occupied – Blue Mountains City Art Gallery, curated Rilka Oakley 1 June – 5 July Online catalogue

2019 Sculpture at Scenic World, exhibition catalogue ‘Someone Else’s Life’ Sculpture at Scenic World

2019 Scaffer B,Scrattching the surface, ‘Witness’ exhibition essay, 31 August – 21 September, Lost Bear Gallery,Katoomba NSW

2018 Scaffer B,Interupting the World, ‘After the rain’ exhibition essay, .M Contemporary Woollahra

2017 Cheeseman J & Marashian N, ‘Mythologies of the Discarded’ exhibition catalogue 28 October – 26 November 2017 Peacock Gallery & auburn Art studio

2017 Cawthorn M, Off Site exhibition catalogue June 2017 Gaffa Gallery Sydney

2017 NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize catalogue October 2017 Parliament House Sydney NSW

2017 Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing catalogue January 2017 Adelaide Perry Gallery

2017 Siteworks, exhibition catalogue, Bundanon Trust, Illaroo

2017 Fortescue Elizabeth ‘Artist Jody Graham’s love of bowerbirds inspired her latest installation at Sculpture at Scenic World in Katoomba ‘Daily Telegraph April 5,

2017 ‘Scavenger’ Online statement, Stacks Projects http://www.stacksprojects.com/scavenger—artist.html

2016 Oz Art, Issue 7 Summer 2016, Re-Imaginging the Past – Artist Jody Graham. Pg 63-71 http://www.artsbluemountains.com.au/images/oz-arts/2016-summer/jody-graham.pdf

2015 Artist Profile, Jody Graham – www.james-blackwell.com
2015 Art Collector-Guide to public & Regional Galleries-Edition 4/2014-p41

2015 Oz Arts, Summer/Spring 2013, Drawing a crowd-The Kedumba Collection hits the road by Julian Leatherdale. Pg63- 72 www.ozarts.net.au

2014 Kidd J, ABC News ‘Embers of Empathy’



2022 April/May – DRAWinternational – Caylus France

2020 The Old School Mt Wilson – Artist in Residence Program

2020 BigCi – Bilpin, NSW – Artist Residency

2018 October – Grafton Regional Gallery – Artist Residency

2018 March – BigCi – Bilpin, NSW – Artist Residency

2017 February – BigCi – Bilpin, NSW – Artist Residency

2016 June/July – BigCi – Bilpin, NSW – Artist Residency

2015  Blacktown Artist Studio Residency


Public Artworks/Commissions and Grants

2019 Art on the Greenway – Leichardt NSW 2018 Newtown Art Seat, Newtown NSW
2018 Art on Greenway – Leichardt NSW
2017 Siteworks – Bundanon Trust, Illaroo NSW


Public Collections

The Adelaide Perry Collection

Kedumba Collection of Australian Drawings

Waverley Council

Blacktown City Council

Western Sydney Institute – TAFE NSW – OTEN

NADC – Nepean Art & Design Centre – TAFE NSW

Australian Ford Lands Company