At the age of 56 the British photographer, Paul Graham, has been the subject of more than eighty solo exhibitions worldwide. His first acclaimed work, entitled A1: The Great North Road, featured photos along England’s primary road in a series of colored photographs. His newest body of work, Does Yellow Run Forever? (Featuring twenty large-scale photographs taken from 2011 and 2014), was recently on view at the Pace Gallery in Chelsea, announcing to everybody, with his yellow mood, the beginning of fall.
Indeed, for over thirty years, Graham has been one of the foremost photographers, traveling the world and producing different bodies of work including New Europe (1986-1992), Paintings (1997-1999), Films (2011), The Present (2011) and Does Yellow Run Forever (2011-2014).
His newest body of work, Does Yellow Run Forever?, features twenty different photos consisting of rainbows from western Ireland, a young woman (the artists’ partner) asleep in different rooms with colorful blankets and different poses of sleep in the far corner of the room, and different New York City gold shops.
These images show different aspects of how we make our dreams a reality. They portray the things we value the most in our lives: Love, wealth, happiness, and beauty, considering these things to be part of the ‘pot of gold’ at the end of the rainbow that we all seem to chase.
Graham adds more detail to this idea by hanging the photos, of different sizes, at different heights throughout the gallery, placing, for example, the pawn shop at floor level, the rainbows high above eye-view, and the young woman sleeping at bed level. Does Yellow Run Forever? Implies that there is no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but there are magical dreams and moments of wonder that we can create our own happiness from.
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Article written by Kizuwanda Vialva
Photography provided by the gallery and the artist.