Graham Little: inside the water sleep

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Through intricate gouache and coloured pencil drawings, Graham Little constructs richly textured interior and exterior tableaus, referencing histories of visual representation dating from the mid-1970s to the present day. This monograph was published by Alison Jacques Gallery to accompany an exhibition of his work in summer 2019.

Title type for the book was re-drawn from an example we found in an old stamp collectors’ magazine within the APFEL archive. Its oddities and imperfections are juxtaposed with the more refined serif typeface used for body text throughout the book, to create texture and friction within the design. This tension between precision and imperfection responds to a similar sensibility within Little’s work. The publication’s image layouts reference hobbyist magazines of the 1970s and 80s, from which the artist draws some of his source material; this ephemeral, editorial feeling continues through the use of tipped-in sections of lightweight paper for essays within the book.