- Examination board member
Graham Southern is an English art dealer and gallery owner. In 1998, Southern was the Founding Director of Christie's (London) new format Post-War & Contemporary Art Department which he ran until 2001, leaving to become a director of the Anthony d'Offay Gallery. In 2002, he founded Haunch of Venison gallery with Harry Blain. The gallery represented Turner Prize winners Richard Long and Keith Tyson, as well as Bill Viola, amongst others. In 2010, Graham co-founded Blain|Southern which moved to its current gallery space at 4 Hanover Square in October 2012, with a second gallery in Berlin. Haunch of Venison hosted a number of major surveys including an exhibition on New York Abstract Expressionism and Glasnost /Perestroika, late twentieth century Russian art in New York and London respectively. Subsequently, Blain|Southern has hosted several significant solo exhibitions and group shows, including the most comprehensive survey to date of works on paper by Lucian Freud in 2012, bringing together more than 100 works, many of which had never been shown in public before. Graham has been a Trustee of the Public Catalogue Foundation since 2009.
On the Royal Drawing School
I’ve been an admirer and supporter of the Royal Drawing School for a number of years and was delighted to be asked to join the Assessment Board a few years ago. The School’s approach to drawing from life and actual experience seems to be in decline elsewhere. The School has a fantastic spirit and I greatly enjoy my conversations with both the students and staff.