Artist & Designer
B F Graham approaches painting dynamically, binding her sense of color, form, and motion to a core concept: contemporary or ancient conformations; historical icons; and distillations of actions, taken or perhaps only contemplated.
She intends her canvasses to be read and enlarged upon by their viewers; to be portals of evocation rather than statements of experience. She expects a work to grow rather than remain static, and in that sense, advocates fine art as itself a continuously unfolding, if unspoken, conversation.
B F Graham began painting in 1999, following decades in the publications business. Her first solo show, was held in December, 2005, at the Nexus Projects Gallery, 24 West 57th Street, in New York City; a group show followed in September, 2007, at the Amsterdam Whitney Gallery on West 25th Street.
Prior to her painting, Graham established Hang On To Your Hat! Press and published a novel, Snow Job, in 1995.
From 1985 – 1993, Graham served as founding editor of Chemical Design Automation News, the first industry trade publication to cover the then-emerging field of computer-assisted molecular and materials design (CAMD). She conceptualized, designed and managed the entire endeavor, overseeing a far-flung staff based in Japan, the U.S., the U.K., The Netherlands, Germany, Hungary, and South Africa. Prior to establishing CDA News, Graham worked in New York for several years, where she was involved in merger and acquisition analysis for Marshalsea Associates, a corporate financial consulting firm; corporate planning for Itochu, a major Japanese trading company; and management of international accounts for The Conference Board, an economic research organization.
Diverse interests inform B. F. Graham’s work: she earned an M.A. in East Asian Studies from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in History from Northwestern University. She attends courses and seminars on Molecular, Synthetic and Systems Biology, at Princeton University and The Institute for Advanced Study, as well as international conferences, whenever possible. She is fascinated by the structure of Mandarin Chinese and from 2007 – 2015 resumed its study with a tutor from Beijing.
Particular ideas about color and textiles continue to drive her work into colliding realms of recollection, leading to this website’s newest gallery: PERSONAGIE, a collection of personages who have crossed her life’s path, and left an impression.
B F Graham resides in Princeton, NJ. Her late husband, attorney Ted Meth, was the first person who encouraged her to paint professionally.