Colin Graham

October Coming,

oil on canvas

13 × 10 in

 10 x


 25.4 x



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About the work

Anyone who has gazed up at the West Coast sky after a vigorous autumn rainstorm will recognize the roiling cloudscape depicted in Graham’s October Coming. A flurry of greys spanning the saturation spectrum tumble across the scene, while signs of the weather’s intention to clear peek through, turquoise in the gaps. A sense of motion carries the viewer from left to right across the canvas, and they are made to feel almost as though they are flying alongside these coursing cumulonimbus with an unencumbered view of the patchwork swatches of rural fields spread out below. The close perspective of this painting makes the subject matter feel all the more near and present, as though Graham has captured a snapshot of a contemporary moment in time.

Medium Painting
Signature Signed
Frame Framed
Condition excellent
Seller Private
Location Vancouver, Canada
Provenance Private Collection, Vancouver, Canada.

Colin Graham


Colin Graham studied Medieval History at the University of Cambridge and received his B.A. in 1939. He completed his M.A. in Art from the University of California in Berkeley in 1948. Following graduation, he took a position as a lecturer at the California School of Fine Arts.

From 1949 to 1951, Graham was the Director of Education at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. In 1951, he moved back to Canada and became Director of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, from which position he retired in 1973 when he began painting. Graham was given an Honorary LL.D. by the University of Victoria in 1978. His first one-man exhibition was held in Kyle’s Gallery, Victoria in 1980. Graham was a member of the esteemed Vancouver Island painters’ group The Limners, whose members included Maxwell Bates, Richard Ciccimarra, and fifteen others.

Graham’s work is represented in the collections of the University of Victoria, the Whatcom County Museum of Art, Bellingham, and the Burke Memorial Museum of the University of Washington, as well as in many private collections in Canada and the U.S.A.



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