Meet the designer
     Graham Brown talks about why t-shirt design and why Greenpeace.

Graham Brown has been a professional artist for more than 10 years. His work has appeared in a string of newspapers and magazines in Australia, most recently in Rolling Stone, Black & White Magazine, the (Sydney) Magazine, Men's Style and The Sun-Herald.

Piccolo Clothing was born out of his want to help causes he liked with his artwork and to get kids (and parents) involved from an early age.

With that in mind it was such as natural fit to name the label after his first creation, Piccolo, the smallest whale in the world. Piccolo maybe tiny but he's got a big heart.

He chose Greenpeace as his initial charity because "they fight the good fight in a peaceful way". "I'm just interested in keeping whales out of harm's way," he said.

Graham said his next project will be on the plight of the orangutans with his newest family member, Bobo.

As well as t-shirt design, Graham is best known for his vibrant and expressionistic portraiture. His recent subjects have included John Pilger, Kofi Annan, Don King, and the late Dr Victor Chang.

His portrait of UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, which appeared on the cover of The Sydney Morning Herald's Good Weekend, was awarded runner-up in the Create Awards.

Graham, who has painted everyone from Richard Carlton to the late Patrick White, said he tries to go beyond painting just the physical features and capture the energy of the subject. He recently exhibited at the Gaffa Gallery in Sydney's Surry Hills with his series Mapping Time. You can see some of that artwork here.

He runs his own business, Hand Drawn Media, which produces private commissions along with artwork to magazines, newspapers, and book publishers.

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He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) at COFA (UNSW) and studied at the Julian Ashton Art School, Sydney. He is also working on a children's book about a runaway chimp called Charles.