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Jody Graham – work in progress – Black Summer

Black Summer  – Drawing with charcoal from 2019/2020 Black Summer Australian bushfires.


A really large drawing I worked on exploring mark making with burnt wood from 2019/20 megafires has been selected as a finalist in the 2021 Fishers Ghost Art Award.
The making of this work was a hard physical slog and the technique I used to create the marks shredded my knuckles and hands, yet even so, I totally loved creating it. I did it for my own pleasure and am really wrapped it will get a public viewing.

The devastation of the fire storm that enveloped much of NSW in 2019/20 has provided the genesis for this body of work. From the landscape to the flora and fauna that inhabit it, Graham investigates every nuance, weaving her narrative and deep love of the land into the picture plane. There is optimism in the work from this period. Out of the ashes we find beauty and life—a regeneration of the land and our psyche.

Excerpt – Ralph Hobbs & Nicole Hauser May 2021

Artworks in this exhibition/collection can be viewed online at Nanda/Hobbs Gallery 

High-flyer, Hell Ride, Escape – Charcoal from 2019/20 Black Summer Bushfires & compressed charcoal, pastel, natural ochre on paper
All drawings – 140cm (h) x 114cm (w)  – Image credit: Graeme Wienand


The inaugural WAMA Art Prize, Works On Paper invites a multi-disciplinary range of nature inspired Australian artists, to celebrate their connectivity with nature and raise awareness of the importance of conserving our precious and unique Australian environment.

The WAMA Art Prize is a biennial award and exhibition showcasing wildlife and nature- inspired art created on or with paper

‘Getting Pinked – Laughing Kookaburra’ selected as a finalist for the WAMA Art Prize. Selected artworks will be exhibited from September 18 – January 31, 2022 at


Image: Jody Graham – ‘Getting Pinked – Laughing Kookaburra’


Looking at Painting – Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre – Hopper Gallery

Nell, Carmen Glynn- Braun, Hayley Megan French, Jody Graham, Rochelle Haley, Kirtika Kain, Claudia Nicholson, Judy Watson and Nypanyapa Yunupingu.

LOOKING AT PAINTING features artists that push the boundaries of the painting medium. It showcases a mix of emerging, mid-career and established artists who experiment with paint through approaches to collaboration, material, process and installation.
The artists explore very different themes and ideas through their artworks, each has a unique story that starts with innovative mark-making with painterly materials.
Through this exhibition, audiences will see the diversity of the form of expanded painting today, and many of its exciting possibilities.


LAUNCH: Sat 3 July – 2pm – 4pm.

Exhibition dates 3 July – 5 September 2021


1 Powerhouse Rd Casula NSW 2170 (Enter via Shepherd St)

Tel (02) 8711 7123 Free entry

Open daily – next to Casula train station – free parking available

Looking at Painting e-invite

The second annual exhibition of works depicting the beauty & diversity of Australian birdlife.

Open Sunday 27th June to Friday 10th September 2021
Open 7 days a week 9am – 4.30pm
NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service
Blue Mountains Heritage Centre
270 Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath NSW
Inquiries: (02) 4787 8877
Image: Jody Graham ‘Suspended’ charcoal from 2019/20nBlack Summer bushfires on paper, 106cm x 78cm 2021


Join Jody Graham in drawing birds with salvaged burnt wood from the Black Summer Bushfires 

In this class you will be able to draw the wonderful world of birds using burnt wood salvaged from the Black Summer Bushfires, to pay homage to the endurance of the community and the environment. Some people see burnt remnants as a negative, using them in a positive way to draw and transform allows an individual to express the beauty in a new beginning.

Join expert Jody Graham as you explore new techniques and investigate contemporary drawing practices, developing your skills of drawing with unconventional methods.

This event will be in conjunction with Foundation & Friends Trannsformation Exhibition, Art in the Recyle. Where Jody Graham will be exhibiting.

Lunch will be provide

Saturday 7 August,
10AM – 2PM

Maiden Theatre
Royal Botanic Garden, Mrs Macquaries Road Sydney

$120 ($100 Foundation & Friends Members) 02 9231 8182

Click to contact Foundation & Friends for more information. 



Art Wank

Curious artists Fiona Verity and Julie Nicholson interview artists, curators, gallery owners, teachers and all the creatives they can find to learn about and discuss the art world.

Season 3 Episode 61 – Jody Graham multidisciplinary artist

 2021· ART WANK

Jody Graham

‘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.’

Jody Graham is an amazing woman and an extremely talented, fearless, and innovative artist to boot. She let us into her Marrickville studio for the interview, which is a treasure trove of her bower bird tendencies alongside beautiful energetic paintings and drawings. We talked to Jody about her process, the ideas behind her art and her lifes journey through alcolism and beyond to artist extraronaire.

Jody is represented by Nanda Hobbs and her next show, ‘Somewhere to Land’, is from 27th May to 5 June.

Find out more about Mark Cauvin, Jody’s musical collaborator here