British artist celebrates Norwegian capital of culture

One of Britain’s most popular printmakers, Graham Clarke, has given a sparkling boost to the Norwegian city of Stavanger, the European Capital of Culture 2008, with a book about it.

In ‘Graham Clarke’s Stavanger’, Graham Clarke, the artist, humorist and author, celebrates the Norwegian city of that name which is due to be the joint European Capital of Culture in 2008, together with Liverpool.

Graham’s watercolours and unique style create a very special atmosphere, with his brand of humour, which nevertheless conveys the essence of Norway and the regional capital of Stavanger in the county of Rogaland.

The new book will introduce English readers to Norway and the Norwegian translation will allow the locals to join in the fun of this most affectionate tribute.

Graham has known Norway for over 20 years and has been working with the local newspaper ‘Stavanger Aftenblad’ in the capacity of English observer and commentator as the Capital of Culture year approaches. “I could be as cheeky as I liked,” said Graham, “The Norwegians seem to love us, probably in the belief that the Vikings invented England anyway”

Graham is one of Britain’s most popular and best selling printmakers and is believed to have produced more original etchings than any other artist.  His work is collected all over the world by private individuals and public collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the British Museum, the Tate Gallery and the National Library of Scotland. 

He has previously published another book about the Lofoten Islands and his first official public exhibition was in Stavanger Kunstforening (Koloritten) in 1987. His works was later shown at Art Societies and private galleries as from 1988 until his latest exhibitioin in 2007. His works of art have been bought by more than one thousand private persons and companies in Norway since he was introduced 25 years ago.

‘Graham Clarke’s Stavanger’, including a Norwegian translation by the renowned poet and songwriter, Gunnar Raolkvam, is out now and published by Ebenezer Press - it's available to buy through

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