Taymour Grahne


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Taymour Grahne is an independent, London-based art advisor with a focus on contemporary art. He is highly sought after for his keen eye, expertise in the field of contemporary art, deep knowledge of the art market, and his strong network within the field. He is often credited with discovering artists early on in their careers.

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    Taymour Grahne opens an online solo exhibition of new paintings by Craig Kucia

    Untitled (Whale), 2020. LONDON.-Taymour Grahne is presenting whales, an online solo exhibition by LA based artist Craig Kucia. The latest paintings by Craig Kucia mark the first time this idiosyncratic artist’s practice has taken the shape of a long term investment into a continued subject matter. In this case, the new works all feature the image of a whale, portrayed in profile, emerging from the ocean as the composition’s central motif. The canvases are all intimate in scale, painted in a wide variety of techniques ranging from flat and graphic to thick impasto applications, and all are encased in a hand-painted artist’s frame. Upon first encounter, the viewer is immediately confronted with the image of the whale, but it is in the details and compositional subtleties that these paintings become activated; taking on different narrative qualities, emotional impact, and allegorical resonance. In our culture, it is difficult to see the image of a great whale without recalling Moby Dick, which is exactly the point of Kucia’s latest series. The image of the whale has become an archetypal image casting a long shadow for metaphorical projection. One can’t help but see an image of a cresting whale as a symbol of power or freedom, perhaps an allegory for the struggle of nature amongst a changing planet, or even larger themes of an individual out of step with society. However, upon closer inspection of the details in Kucia’s paintings the relationship to Moby Dick is more explicit. The whale is found in a variety of scenarios and situations, often times surrounding the shattered planks of a boat. Different scenarios cast new narratives for the whale, however one finds it nearly impossible to drift too far from the famous tale of Captain Ahab and his white whale. One might not know but the novel Moby Dick is based on actual historical events, the disastrous expedition of the whaling ship Essex captained by George Pollard Jr. in 1820 which was sunk by a sperm whale. Moby Dick is routinely thought of as a tale about man vs. nature, or ambition vs. obstacle but the true…