Graham Lang was born in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) in 1955. His family moved to South Africa where he was educated at Maritzburg College, Technikon Natal and Rhodes University. He taught sculpture at the Carinus Art Centre, Technikon OFS and the University of Durban-Westville before emigrating to Australia in 1990. After a 'halcyon' year living on Raymond Island in the Gippsland Lakes, he commenced teaching at the University of Newcastle, NSW, where he completed a PhD (2007). Alongside his academic pursuits, he maintained a diverse artistic and literary practice, exhibiting widely and publishing three novels. He resigned from the UoN as a Senior Lecturer in 2011.
Graham began exhibiting professionally in 1979. His first solo exhibition was at the Hermit Gallery, Durban, in 1980 which was acclaimed by esteemed South African artist and critic, Andrew Verster. It became his regular practice to include poetry and prose booklets with his exhibitions. One such work, The White Ant Notes, which accompanied an exhibition at the Elizabeth Gordon Gallery in Durban in 1982, evolved ultimately into the novel, Clouds like Black Dogs (2003), which he counts as his first ‘legitimate’ literary work. Two novels based in Zimbabwe have followed - Place of Birth (2006) and Lettah’s Gift (2011) - and his novella, A Fulcrum of Infinities, was one of five winning entries of the Griffith Review Novella Competition 2016.
Graham now lives and works in Tasmania's Far South.
He is represented by:
Australian Literary Management: www.austlit.com
Despard Gallery, Hobart: www.despard-gallery.com.au