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The Art of the Pin

Stephen Graham

With a special interest in sculptural art and POP art culture, Stephen’s reference to these movements can be found within his choice of everyday objects and mass-produced images.

His works are a visual eruption of glowing colour and everyday subject matter that the viewer can relate to and interpret on a personal level. His use of materials challenges your eye and forces you to look beyond just an object or a subject. Besides aesthetic richness, each piece introduces nuance, thought-provoking depth and a unique perspective. His work not only has a sense of irony, but also a sense of humour.

Playing with SWAROVSKI® CRYSTALS allows Graham to play with an array of colour choice, lifting his selected subject matter. He has the ability to transform a hard edge pin and iconic image into something which takes on a life of its own as it gains a sense of light, body, depth and movement. The overall effect is intelligent, eye catching and radiant. Using SWAROVSKI® CRYSTALS, Graham is able to produce unique artworks by utilising different stones to create an inimitable look, feel and meaning. Even with the use of a template, no two pieces will ever look the same. Each has its own identity, character and energy.




On paper, a decade is a long time. When you live it, ten years flash past in the blink of an eye, the last ten years of my professional life have seen me evolve, develop, and cultivate my unique vision in the realm of creative direction. Focused on décor, fashion and lifestyle, my natural artistic flair has allowed me to innovate and redefine industry expectations, using what I term “experiential design”.

With an eye for creating dynamic and inspirational set designs for magazine cover shoots, editorial photo shoots, theatre, art, film and events, my work has proved popular with a wide variety of media fans, and has been featured in various print publications and on television shows.

Born and raised in Johannesburg, I am passionate about my home country. After studying at the world-renowned Central St Martins College living and working in the London, I returned to South Africa and rediscovered my love of art, my ultimate goal is to make my unique stamp in the art world.

“A love for what you do will give intimate meaning to one’s self and allow others to share your creations.”



Negative space is something created by emptiness. It is the something defined by nothing.

People see space, I as an artist see a canvas for creativity. My medium? Pin artwork, where light, shadow and form combine. In a world where the third dimension is a plane for experimentation, my art form has evolved and developed into an innovative “pin” technique translating my ideas into artworks.

This unique medium derives inspiration from pop art / op art movements and every-day items that people can relate to. Yes, the artwork is “interesting” and “eye catching” – but one must look beyond the external layer to fully understand the message conveyed.

A soft silhouette crafted with hard-edge office pins. Scrutinise the eruption of colour emanating from the pins and notice a pinhead or two selectively encrusted with SWAROVSKI® CRYSTALS adding a sophisticated-yet-understated “bling” effect to the art piece.

The visual impact and message conveyed, combined with subtle criticism of our consumer culture, questionable democracy and social constraints make for a fascinating eye catching collection that simultaneously stimulates the mind.

If you would like to find out more about my unique Pin Artwork and view my extensive portfolio please visit www.stephengraham.co.uk.

Email: creative@stephengraham.co.uk