About Graham Short
the world’s smallest engraver
Known as "the world's smallest engraver" for his miniature art masterpieces, Graham Short has spent almost 50 years honing his craft, going to physical and mental extremes to produce the finest-quality miniature art engravings in the world.
Graham was born in Birmingham in 1946, into a family with serious engraving pedigree; an ancestor was Sir Francis Short, the renowned Victorian hand engraver. After serving a six-year apprenticeship at the country's premier engraving company, Efficiency Tool, under the tutelage of the master engraver Bill Evans, Graham set up as a one-man engraving business in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter in 1974, soon developing a prestigious client list including the Royal Household, the Scottish Parliament, The National Gallery, Rolls Royce, gunmakers James Purdey & Sons, Chanel and Vivienne Westwood amongst others.
Graham's desire to produce an engraving so small as to be illegible to the naked eye led to the making of his first masterpiece The Lord's Prayer Engraved on the Head of a 2mm Gold Pin, which can only be seen properly through a powerful microscope. This unbelievable work of art took almost eight months to complete.
After a national newspaper discovered Graham's Gift, the demand for his work was immediate and his first exhibition was a complete sell out with the entire collection selling in just seven minutes. Graham from this point forward would come to be known as 'The Hands of Genius' throughout the world. For his next project Graham produced "Cutting edge", where he engraved "Nothing is Impossible" on the sharp edge of a razor blade. As a result Graham hit instant global celebrity status.
In 2012, Graham engraved an antique fountain pen belonging to actor, writer and broadcaster Stephen Fry, it was eventually auctioned at Sotheby's and the proceeds given to support the work of English PEN.
Graham continued to work on creating the impossible and in 2013 completed the 'Five Pillars of Islam' as part of the Fusion collection. This collection of nine exquisite pieces fused together, English, Arabic and Calligraphy to create one of the most important Islamic miniature bodies of artwork ever created. The collection attracted interest from around the world and was viewed by almost one thousand people whilst on display in Birmingham Central Mosque.
Each original piece is painstakingly produced stroke by stroke under extreme circumstances by hand, often in the dead of night. Each piece can take up to eight months to complete and each exquisite piece is truly a work of art. Graham's work sells around the world and his artwork continues to rise in value. Graham has only completed around 48 pieces in his lifetime and he only produces between four and seven pieces per year making him one of the most collectable and desirable living artists around today.
After appearing in news and television features internationally and the subject of a discovery documentary Graham is now considered one of the most talented living artists in the world. His completed masterpieces are collected by art enthusiasts from around the world and his pieces are housed in some of the world's most desirable postcodes and museum's.