BIOGRAPHY AND BACKGROUND
After appearing in news features internationally, being the subject of a Discovery Channel documentary and seeing the story of his life celebrated at the prestigious annual Arts & Film Festival in Hollywood, the world's media became interested, and Graham is now
considered one of the most talented artists in the world. Of this accolade he says, "Of course I don't believe it, but I'm a thick
Brummie, so I'm sure you'll understand that it does wonders for my ego to hear this!"
He left school without any qualifications and started his first job - emptying mousetraps in a Birmingham factory for £2 17s and sixpence a
week. Within six years he had secured the most prestigious and envious client list imaginable which included Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, The House of Commons, Harrods and Fortnum & Mason.
Graham’s miniature masterpieces (engravings invisible to the naked eye) continue to rise in value. He has completed just 48 pieces in his
lifetime and he only produces four items per year, making him one of the most collectable and fascinating living artists around today.
He works from midnight to 5.00 am in order to avoid vibration from passing traffic and takes potassium, magnesium and beta-blockers during
the night to lower his heart-rate to 20 beats per minute - then using a stethoscope he monitors his heart and begins to engrave with very fine needles - between heartbeats! Every few months he attends a clinic and undertakes a course of Botox injections around his eyes to ensure there's no distraction from eye nerves and muscles while he works.
Graham's also known for engraving The Lord's Prayer on the head of a pin and for carving Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper along the sharp edge of a razor blade.
In November 2016, a 'Willy Wonka' style release captured the attention of the nation. The engraving of Jane Austen's portrait on four £5 notes was devised as a route to bring art beyond the boundaries of any art gallery - these works were literally given away. The four notes were spent in small, locally owned businesses around Britain.
Graham's highly amusing talk is described as 'more theatre than classroom', and is littered with tales about the celebrities he has met and worked with, such as Ronnie Barker, Neil Armstrong, Uri Geller, Stephen Fry, Kim Kardashian and the Royals.