Abstract figurative painter and printmaker Graham Fransella was born in England and trained at the Bradford School of Art in Yorkshire from 1970 to 1973. He was awarded the Bradford School of Art traveling scholarship in 1972 and arrived in Australia in 1975. He has held numerous exhibitions in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and internationally in Cologne, Germany and London. His work has been included in group exhibitions at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane and Heide Museum of Modern Art in Melbourne. A survey exhibition of his work was held at the Stonington Stables Museum of Art at Deakin University in 2003. He was awarded the Maitland Print Prize in 1985, the Mitchelton Print Prize in 1992 and has won the Trustees’ Watercolour Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Whales on five occasions, as well as being a regular finalist in the Dobell Drawing Prize. Fransella lectured from 1975 to 1999 at institutions including the Victorian College of the Arts. His work is represented by the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Parliament House, Canberra; Artbank, Sydney and the Australian Print Workshop, Melbourne. A monograph of the artist’s work titled ‘Figures and Landscapes’ was published in 2002 by Macmillan Art Publishing.