Tuesday, 30 December 2008

SpaceTM interview

Here I am with my hand on my chin answering questions for the nice people at SpaceTM, a great site that is interested in 'how environments shape our psyche'. My bit appears mostly on their December 26th entry, but there's also a bit about sheds on December 28th. 

Wednesday, 24 December 2008

Night Waves BBC Radio 3

On Monday January 5th at 9.15pm I'm being interviewed by Matthew Sweet for Radio 3's Night Waves. The topic under discussion is Work in Progress and I'll be talking about my new book, which is still in its early stages and doesn't have a title yet. It might be 'The Card Collector', or it might be 'The Completist', or it might be 'Face Down in the Gutter'. It's about a man who picks up playing cards off the street. Tune in to find out more or listen live online. http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Willow Foundation Charity Auction

A picture I did for The Willow Foundation is up for auction. The original collage artwork is part of the Stars on Canvas project - a public exhibition of more than 200 canvases, each created by a different artist or celebrity in aid of national charity, the Willow Foundation (registered charity no: 1106746). You can view the entire range of canvases, created by a host of actors, artists, cartoonists, chefs, children's illustrators, politicians and radio and television personalities online at http://www.willowfoundation.org.uk/starsoncanvas
To bid on my picture go here:
Ends December 6th so get bidding!

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Wizard of Oz interview

Here's an interview I've just done with Blair Frodelius (great name). Blair is the editor of The International Wizard of Oz Club's website, The Daily Ozmapolitan, and OzProject.com.  It's in very big type so you won't need your reading glasses.

Saturday, 29 November 2008

The Observer Magazine

Catherine Rapley interviewed me for the Observer Magazine last Sunday. It has some pictures of the studio (where you get to see the grubby, ugly bits) and there is even a guide to 'Where to buy Graham Rawle's style'.  I wasn't aware that I had a style, but I'm delighted to find out where to go in case I need more of it. Click on images to enlarge or read the piece via the link below. 

Saturday, 15 November 2008

New Yorker - Editorial feature


Curzon Cinema Soho - Oz Tea Party

To celebrate the launch of his illustrated version of L. Frank Baum’s classic tale, Graham Rawle, collage artist and creator of Lost Consonants, will introduce The Wizard of Oz after a 3.00PM tea party in the Soho bar and a discussion about his new book. Limited edition prints will be on display and for sale.
The Wizard of Oz [U] Director: Victor Fleming. Starring: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Bert Lahr USA 1939 . 97 mins. Follow the Yellow Brick Road with Dorothy, the Lion, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow in this classic fantastical Hollywood musical. To book tickets call 0871 703 3988 or go to 

The Morning News - Interview

In the Morning News I'm interviewed about the making of The Wizard of Oz. See it here and find out about the Cowardly Lion's platform shoes.

Friday, 31 October 2008

Wonderland magazine feature

There's a feature on The Wizard of Oz in the October issue of Wonderland magazine. 

Saturday, 25 October 2008

Cinematical - Oz feature


Dazed and Confused

There's a short interview/feature on The Wizard of Oz in Dazed and Confused. November issue out in October. Or it may have been the October issue out in September. I haven't been able to find it.

The First Post- The Big Picture: Gallery


Thursday, 16 October 2008

The Scotsman

Lee Randall interviewed me about The Wizard of Oz for The Scotsman, which appeared on Saturday. There's a picture of me gurning like an idiot, but luckily you don't need to see that by reading it here.

The Times Magazine

Ann Treneman interviewed me about The Wizard of Oz for The Times. The feature appeared on Saturday. Read it here and see me pretending to paint Toto's tongue. http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/books/article4891402.ece?token=null&offset=0

Los Angeles Times

There was a piece about The Wizard of Oz in the L.A Times on Saturday. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/jacketcopy/2008/10/graham-rawles-n.html

Friday, 10 October 2008

Wizard of Oz Prints

Here are the new Wizard of Oz Prints details and price list. Now also available in smaller sizes. The thumbnails shown above can be seen more clearly in Wizard of Oz - Pictures on my website www.grahamrawle.com/wizardofoz/
To enquire or order, contact us at questions@grahamrawle.com

Fine Art Giclée prints on 308gsm Hahnemühle German Photo Rag paper. Prints in a limited edition of 50 in each size, numbered and signed by the artist.

Large - 503mm x 1100mm (approx 20"x 43”) £175
Medium - 350mm x 764mm (approx 14"x 30") £95
Small - 230mm x 502mm (approx 9” x 20”) £60

Large - 700mm x 774mm (approx 27.5" x 30.5") £160
Medium - 425 x 470 mm (approx 16.5" x 18.5") £75
Small - 280 x 309 mm (approx 11”x 12”) £45

Measurements refer to paper size. Images printed with white border (approx 65mm for large; 45mm for medium; 30mm for small)
Packing and postage for any number of prints : UK - £8.00, Europe - £13, Rest of the World - £18.

Thursday, 9 October 2008

Wizard of Oz - Book Trailer

Here it is at long last, the film trailer for the book. It'll be up on my website shortly, but for now you can see it here (or if that doesn't work, try here  http://grahamrawle.blip.tv/file/1332751) It will put stardust in your eyes and a glittering glow in your heart.
Enormous thanks to Pete Mellor, who made all this happen; he is a very clever man. And to that actor bloke, Jeff Rawle, who did the voice-over.

Feature - The Times Magazine

There will be a big feature on my Wizard of Oz book in The Times Magazine this Saturday (Oct 11th). To be sure of getting a copy, go and wait outside your newsagents now.

Talks at Liverpool and Brighton

LIVERPOOL – I'll be giving a talk about The Wizard of Oz and other things on Friday 17th October at 2.00pm at The Bluecoat in Liverpool as part of their new Art and Literature Festival. Tickets are free. The talk will be followed by a discussion with artist David Blandy on 'The Art of Collage' and I dare say I'll be signing a few books afterwards.

BRIGHTON – I'll be giving a talk about The Wizard of Oz on Tuesday 21st October at 6.30 pm at the Old Market Theatre in Brighton (it might actually technically be in Hove). Susie Boyt will also be there talking about her new book 'My Judy Garland Life'. Tickets are £6 and you get a free glass of wine and discount on books. What a bargain. http://www.city-books.co.uk/events

Monday, 6 October 2008

ICA - Panel discussion

The panel discussion at the ICA about the Wizard of Oz that I was due to take part in on Thursday 9 Oct has been cancelled. Sorry.

Monday, 29 September 2008

The Card Collector

This is a 3-D piece I've just finished, commissioned by Caprice Holdings. It's quite hard to see what's going on in this picture without getting up close, so here are a couple of details. (Click to enlarge.)

Any the wiser now?

Monday, 22 September 2008

Shoreditch Town Hall

I'm giving a talk about The Wizard of Oz at Shoreditch Town Hall on Saturday 27th September at 4.00pm as part of the Gold 08, 'new boutique arts and music event for London'. Lots of interesting things going on. Author Susie Boyt will also be talking about her new book, My Judy Garland Life. Our Oz-themed section is billed as Tea with Dorothy, but I don't know if there will be any tea.  For booking details go to 

Thursday, 18 September 2008

Leitch Book Jacket

I've just done this book jacket for a collection of short stories by Maurice Leitch. He's a terrific writer. It's published by Lagan Press... er ... don't know when. I'll find out.

Foyles Q & A

There's a Q&A thing on the Foyles website where I talk about The Wizard of Oz and various other projects.


Saturday, 13 September 2008

Wizard of Oz test clip - Tornado

Two seconds of upheaval.

New Scientist

This eager chap is from an illustration I did for a piece on self-control in this week's New Scientist.

Frequently Asked Questions No. 19

A journalist's follow-up question after an interview about the process of creating Woman's World.

Q: When you said you coded the scrapbooks, could you clarify that again for me? You were collecting the text at the same time as writing a straightforward narrative, if I understood, but then how did you keep track of which phrases and clippings were in which book, etc? And were they organized by theme or subject?

A: Yes, I never manage to explain this very well. Each piece of text is stuck lightly (like stamps) into scrapbooks. The pages are numbered. Each piece of text e.g. "She danced a paso doble." is then typed into the computer with the page number (667) after it so I'll know where to find it later. Once all the pieces are typed up they get sorted into categories: the weather; shopping; light conversation; confrontational conversation; driving; police; medical. etc etc. "She danced a paso doble" (667) would go under 'dancing' obviously. It also goes into an unsorted file that contains everything, all 1.2 million words I transposed which allows me to do a word search. 
Let's say that I want to describe someone smiling. If I can't find exactly the right kind of smile in the 'Facial Expressions' category, I have to think more abstractly. It might be a light, dancing smile so I do a word search for 'dance' instead and find the paso doble piece. I find a bit about lips from the 'Cosmetics' category and once it's all joined together, I end up with "A teasing smile danced a paso doble across her sweet and fulsome lips." – which in my manuscript would look like: A teasing smile (198) danced a paso doble (667) across her (4002) sweet and fulsome lips (234). Little by little all my original writing is replaced by found scraps like these. Only when the transformation is complete (and a final edited draft is agreed upon with my publishers) can I start pasting up those bits of text as artwork. I go to page 198 of my scrapbooks for the first bit, cut that out and stick it down, then go to page 667 for the next, and so on until the whole thing – 437 pages of artwork – is stuck down. Simple.

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Wizard of Oz Test Clip

Dorothy and Toto on the Kansas Prairie. Here is a tiny excerpt from the forthcoming animated Wizard of Oz promo. I love the sense of depth. This is all done by manipulating my flat image. Pete Mellor is a genius. More coming soon.

Illustrated talk at Foyles

On Wednesday 24th September I will be giving an illustrated talk at Foyles about The Wizard of Oz, taking you on my own yellow brick road journey to creating the pictures for my new book. It starts at 6.30pm. Tickets are free and you can reserve them by emailing events@foyles.co.uk.

Foyles Gallery, Foyles Bookshop, 113-119 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0EB

The Writing Life Playground

There's a great review of Woman's World here...
It was written a while ago but has only just been brought to my attention.


Monday, 8 September 2008

The Wizard of Oz at Foyles

The Wizard of Oz is published on 1st October and can be pre-ordered from the Graham Rawle Bookstore. For those of you who can't wait that long, Foyles have a limited number of signed copies on sale now, specially flown in from China, to meet your hungry needs.

New website goes live.

Well, here we are. My new website is finally up and running. Huge thanks to Miles at Peepshow for putting it all together for me. The old one has been hopelessly out of date for far too long, but I've always busy working on some project or other and never seemed to have time to get round to it. This one's much simpler and easier for me to update, plus there's this blog where I can post any news and forthcoming events. (There are some; I'll add them later.)
There are still a few 'coming soon' pages on the new site. I'm working on an animated trailer for The Wizard of Oz with my good friend Peter Mellor at Peepshow and that should be finished soon. I'm also setting up a shop where you can buy Wizard of Oz prints, as well as prints and artwork from my Lost Consonants series. Exciting, isn't it?