Graham Brown has been a freelance illustrator and artist for more than 10 years. His work has appeared in a string of newspapers and magazines in Australia including Rolling Stone, Black & White Magazine, the (Sydney) Magazine, Men's Style and The Sun-Herald.
He runs his own business, Hand Drawn Media, which provides private commissions along with artwork to magazines, and newspapers. All categories are covered from portraits of celebrities to book design.
Each piece is hand drawn and then painted using traditional materials such as acrylic, ink, pastel and oils. He has recently moved into vector-based artwork (see self-portrait right).
Graham is best known for his vibrant and expressionistic portraiture. His commissioned subjects have included John Pilger, Kofi Annan, Don King, and the late Dr Victor Chang.
His portrait of former UN Secretary-General, the late Kofi Annan, which appeared on the cover of The Sydney Morning Herald's Good Weekend, was awarded runner-up in the Create Awards.
Graham, who has painted everyone from actress Marlene Dietrich to author Patrick White, said he tries to go beyond painting just the physical features and capture the energy of the subject.
Graham has also founded Piccolo Clothing which was born out of his want to help causes he liked with his artwork and to get kids (and parents) involved from an early age.
He named the label after his first creation, Piccolo, the smallest whale in the world. He maybe tiny but he's got a big heart.
Graham has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) at COFA (UNSW) and studied at the Julian Ashton Art School, Sydney.