Graham Bury's photographs and paintings reflect his ever-observant gaze, his uncanny aesthetic instinct, and his amused and joyful engagement with the world.

He was an enchanter of animals, guitarist, novice sailor, and adventurous traveler. He raised orchids, surfed the Pacific, grew tropical fruit, and cooked with style. Graham died of brain cancer in September, 2015. He was 35 years old.

An exhibit and sale of some of his large-scale photographic work is planned as a fundraiser for the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara. Another show is planned at Concordia University in Montreal.

Up in the Air

Although Graham hated to fly, he proposed taking aerial photos of agricultural land for a group show of emerging artists at the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum in 2009. This involved him finding someone willing to take him up in a small plane, so that he could hang out the window with his camera. Huge …

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Projections Project

In the words of Graham Bury, “The Projections Project is a collaboration between myself and my friend, Joshua Neves. In early May of 2007 we met for dinner. Over the course of the evening, and a couple of beers later, an idea was concocted that would combine our diverse talents.  As a result, I moved …

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Unearthed Project

Unearthed Project was an exhibit that I did with my dear friend Danielle Rubi in 2006. I will let the curator explain what this show was about, and how we went about making these beautiful and exceptionally large prints. “This is the other side of America, where fame doesn’t always intersect with true talent, and …

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Soup Series

Graham elevated the humble thermos from mundane to mysterious in his Soup series. Vessels of all sizes and various designs hold the promise of the soup they contain. Here are a few examples:


Graham loved the tropics. The profusion of the botanical world was a constant inspiration to him.  The color of tropical sunsets,  glimpses of water through archways and half-shuttered windows, shadows of palms, dark and luminous seas–these he painted again and again.