Ken Graves & Eva Lipman
Restraint and Desire

Restraint and Desire is the culmination of a 31-year collaboration between Ken Graves and Eva Lipman. The couple documented a broad range of subjects, such as ballroom competitions, boxing matches and military ceremonies, tapping into a range of emotions that showcase the hidden tensions between separation and intimacy, release and containment. Common motifs in the work are bodies in motion, the human drive toward risk-taking, the impossible pursuit of perfection, and rituals that enact the passage into manhood.


Ken Graves (1942–2016, Portland, OR, USA) received his BFA and MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. His work is held in various permanent collections.

Eva Lipman (1946, Děčín, Czech Republic), received her BA in Literature from Hunter College, New York, and her MSW from Columbia University, New York. She continues to be a steward of their work.

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