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Graham Lister (b.1982) is a painter and researcher based in Glasgow, Scotland. In 2016, he completed a Practice-based PhD at the Glasgow School of Art.

His ongoing practice is concerned with using the activity of painting as a way of thinking about contemporary physical experiences. His work encompasses gradual abstraction processes which showcase investigations of the visual codes and surface materialities which often go unnoticed within our everyday lives. Ideas connected to how the painting studio is used, and how painted explorations of surface textures, materials and repeated mark-making processes can be positioned in new and interesting ways form the core of his practice-based research activities.

His paintings have been shown in a large number of group exhibitions nationally and internationally, with solo exhibitions also taking place in recent years in Manchester, Glasgow and Berlin.

Prior to his PhD at the GSA, he studied at Gray's School of Art, studying on the MFA programme, and at the University of Glasgow, gaining an MA(Hons) in Art History. He worked at the GSA from 2008 - 2015 (Historical and Critical Studies and Painting and Printmaking), and then at the University of Huddersfield 2015 - 2017 (Contemporary Art).

Returning to Glasgow in 2017, he has worked as a Lecturer in Painting and Printmaking and as a Tutor for the Widening Participation programme at the GSA.

PhD (Practice-based) - The Glasgow School of Art

FHEA - Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

MFA - Gray's School of Art

MA (Art History) - The University of Glasgow

Selected Solo Exhibitions


*Upcoming* Cut Through, Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock


*Upcoming* Fragments and False Starts, Studio Pavilion at House for an Art Lover, Glasgow


Touching Distance, Mount Florida Gallery, Glasgow



Barrier-Breakdown-Repeat, Werkstadt Kunst, Berlin

Links and Blaes, PS Mirabel, Manchester

Grille, Patriothall, Edinburgh



Restructuring, Mount Florida Gallery, Glasgow

Over / Under / Cover / Repeat, The Bowery, Leeds



Altermodern Painting, The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow

Altermodern Everyday Archive, New Glasgow Society, Glasgow



Virtual Fragments, The Briggait, Glasgow



Deconstruction Theatre, Limousine Bull, Aberdeen

Selected Group Exhibitions



*Upcoming* Contrafibularities, Bloc, Sheffield

Small Works, 57w57, New York

Champs Noir, Terrance Gallery, London



BEEP 2022 – Biennial of Painting Prize, Elysium, Swansea

Annual Exhibition, Royal Academy, London Unfinished Movement, Generator Projects, Dundee

A Plot, Hatched By Two, Warbling Collective, London



Society of Scottish Artists, Annual Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh



BEEP 2020 - Biennial of Painting Prize, Elysium, Swansea

Perhaps We Should Have Stayed, Warbling Collective, London

Sharing a View II, Tsinghua University, Beijing

Sharing a View I, Luxon Academy of Fine Art, Shenyang

New-Iso_Aesthetic, Derby, Artcore, Derby



Prosaic Mosaic, Bloc, Sheffield

This Is Our Land, Paper Gallery, Manchester



Twice As Nice, PS Mirabel, Manchester

99 Files, Museum of Contemporary Art, Skopje



DDDD, Art Lacuna, London

Material Cover-Ups, East Street Arts, Huddersfield



Studio to Showcase, The Briggait, Glasgow



Forgotten Game, Edinburgh

Stick Stamp Fly, Gasworks, London




Creative Scotland, Open Fund for Individuals, Funding Award (Fragments and False Starts) (2023)

Creative Scotland, Open Fund for Individuals, Funding Award (Touching Distance) (2020)

PS Mirabel, Curator Prize, Overall Award (2018)

Mackendrick Scholarship, The Glasgow School of Art (2015)



Press & Publications

Barrier Works, Outlast Journal (2020), Risk, Forge Magazine (17) (2017), Peripheral ARTeries, Biennale Edition (2017), Start with What you Know, Ochre Press (2017),

Collective Nouns, United Newsletter (XX) (2017)





Touching Distance Catalogue:


Forge Art Magazine :


Peripheral ARTeries Art Review - Biennial Edition', p98 - p118, November 2017.


Glasgow School of Art Research Outputs :

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