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On Wednesday of this week I will be doing a live performance over at Debut Contemporary with Michelin Star Chef Nicola Batavia. Nicola is the owner of Casa Batavia in Notting Hill and specialises in creating unusual egg dishes – for the performance we will be combining calligraphy, eggs, tea and ink with culinary flair at the presentation of Debut’s Art School Awards at their Gallery in Notting Hill. If you are as intrigued as I am!, send an email over to firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the guest list – Wed 4th July from &pm..
This collaboration came about as a result of my work with Debut Contemporary and the collaboration with fashion brand JOYCE earlier in the year. I will be displaying a gift set of the work used by JOYCE which includes 5 printed metal eggs which were available in vending machines across Hong Kong as part of the ART-SPIRATIONS project, part of JOYCE’s continuing commitment to working creatively with artists.
2 for Joy
The newly created piece of work – 2 for Joy will also be on display at the gallery . The piece coincides with some monumental events in my personal life and I am delighted to be showing the piece with Debut Contemporary.
Hope you can join me there for a celebratory drink!
2 for Joy – Detail – Ink and Tea on Paper – showing from the 4th July at ebut Contemporary.
L’Art de la Radiance
I am delighted to announce that I have had 2 pieces of work selected for the continuing exhibition ‘L’Art de la Radiance’ curated by Alvin Goh in Hong Kong. The first exhibition was held in a 20,000 sq foot venue on
12nd April 2012 just for 1 night but due to overwhelming response, Cle de Peau Hong Kong have decided to extend the exhibition.
The re-run venue will be held at “The Space” http://www.thespace.hk/ from July 19-31. The work below will form part of the exhibition which also features the work of 21 Artists selected by Alvin Goh, the online catalogue of the exhibition is available here
Ink’d Gallery Exhibition
Busy in the studio this week making preparations for the September solo show at Ink’d gallery( from Chaos) where I will be unveiling some brand new works / prints / and miniature pieces not seen before – If you’d like to come to the private view please put the 6th September in your diary and send a little mail to email@example.com they will put your details on their mailing list so you get lots of notice. I have some brand new work available through ink-d too – you can check out the new originals and prints page on their website here…
Here’s some sketches and pieces on the go in the studio..
De chao ordo.Ink and Tea on paper 75 x 56cm
Chaos, Ink and tea on paper 75 x 56cm
Very excited about tomorrow’s drawing event. On Saturday 25th feb (tomorrow!) I will be packing up my assorted teas, pens and paintbrushes and heading over to Notting Hill for a day of painting in ink and tea at Debut Contemporary. Debut have kindly let me use their window space as a studio for the day and as spring is just around the corner (fingers crossed) I thought I would take some floral inspiration to create a new piece of work in the space. Hopefully I will have worked out the technology to broadcast some of the drawing via webcam, but if you can make it along to the gallery for a cup of tea you’ll be able to enjoy the whole experience aroma and all!!
There will also be work available for sale starting from £5 for postcard packs, prints and original works of art. Also available will be the newly released print Choke taken from the violence of flowers series, accompanied by a selection of original floral works.
Will post pictures of the event tomorrow evening online, but hope to see you there if you can make it.
Long Player @ The Ben Oakley Gallery
Tonight sees the launch of Long Player at the amazing Ben Oakley Gallery, featuring work from over 30 artists who have been given the task of customising classic (and not so classic) album covers in a show which mixes street art, fine art, illustration and works from another dimension. I got 2 in it!
Sneak preview below
So the London Art Fair is now over, a massive thank you to Opus Arts for supporting my work and showing the pieces at the London Art Fair – all wort represented at the fair (and more besides) are available from their website http://www.opus-art.com .
There was much expectation from Artists and galleries across the country at this year’s Fair, lots of great things on show and in my humble opinion some not so great things. Galleries pushing boundaries and some playing it safe. The Fair is always a good chance to see a lot of work in one space but that can also be it’s downfall – being bombarded with so many pieces in one room can sometimes give you a bit of a headache, however I really enjoyed the project space this year and discovered some exciting artists who opened my eyes to possible ways of working. It’s good to feed on this visual bombardment and absorb new influences but visiting the fair just makes me want to return to the studio and push my work further. Sometimes it can make you realise how far you have to go with your own body of work, it highlights things that you are missing from your own pieces and bodies of work but in a positive way.
Today I am working on a couple of projects and looking forward to some events in February which seem to have arrived far faster than I anticipated!!
The Wing Assignment
A good friend, Nina Farrell from KIAD (way back in 95!!), has put together a fantastic concept for an exhibition, using wings as an influence and starting point she has called upon various artists to produce images which will form part of an exhibition later this year. I have decided to keep the same format I used for the Journey pieces and am currently exploring the theme of old nursery rhymes and superstition for the piece. Here’s some work in progress images.
The Sketchbook Project
The fantastic Sketchbook project, which I became involved with last year is now touring the UK as well as many locations worldwide. If you haven’t heard of this project already – you should look it up. inspiringly ambitious, the project sent out over 28,000 books last year and exhibited just under 10,000 (artists!!) returned full sketchbooks as part of it’s tour in 2011. I was really happy to have work in the touring exhibition which allows you to check out an artists sketchbook – library book style – from any number of it’s travelling locations. This year’s book needs to be complete by the end of January. The work I have produced for this year is based on the concept along the line, and has really been a therapeutic return to automatic and abstract drawing. The type of work that you can really lose yourself in. It’s tempting to just travel around with this little book soaking up the atmosphere of different places and allowing drawings to take shape. I am looking to devote a couple of hours a day over the next week to complete the work but for now here is a sneak peek at some of the pages.
Sending out packs of the new winter postcards which are available from Etsy. These have been great fun to send – something about sending artwork through the post and making a parcel something really special to receive gives me a lot of joy. Over the last couple of days I have sent out about 15 packs and I am not sure if I can continue to manage a full drawing on each envelope but it’s fun so I find it hard to resist. Plus the final action of sealing the envelope with a wax sealing stamp is just so satisfying.
Here’s a sample image of the cards and some of the envelopes but you can see plenty more over on my facebook page (I post them up just before sending)
Art For Heart’s Sake
A little reminder that I will be showing the work Margarita at a charity auction on February 9th. with the exhibition running from the 10th – 17th February 2012.Please do come along and support this great cause. If you would like tickets to the event please RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org
Private View 1st february – It would be amazing if you could make it along for the Debut Contemporary Private View on the 1st Feb, I will be showing some new works including the Tryptich ‘Immortal’ – to attend the evening please rsvp to email@example.com or call 0207 221 1651
Some of the pieces on show …
2 original pieces were sold recently, Another Place, at debut contemporary and Swarm through Eyestorm. .. both below
Many thanks for the support of my work…
… I’m off to post envelopes – then to the studio!!
The new postcard sets are now ready, signed, and I’m sending them out this morning to those who have pre-ordered. Each set is sealed in a cello envelope and then posted in a manilla envelope, with a hand drawn sketch on the reverse and a wax seal. The postcards are individually signed and editioned in a limited set of 250. If you would like a set they are available to order here and I usually send them out same or next day.
There are also just a few editions left of the print ‘Another Place’ (below) you can pick up one of the remaining prints here.
Current and Upcoming Exhibitions
TRIPTYCH OF DRAWINGS – IMMORTAL – MORTAL – 11 @ dEBUT CONTEMPORARY [LINK]
LONDON ART FAIR – 18th -22 January Stand G35 / Opus [LINK]
dEBUT CONTEMPORARY – 1st FEBRUARY – PRIVATE VIEW [LINK]
ART FOR HEART’S SAKE – EXHIBITION AND AUCTION [LINK]
After a rather sleepy December and some lovely time spent with friends and family, a little break from the stone space gallery that I have some involvement with and a general look back over the last year, I started getting ready to ease into 2012 and plan some new works in the studio. Before I get down to the New Year sort out – here are a list of upcoming events that I will be attending / showing work at in Jan/Feb/March
The London Art Fair with Opus stand G35, 18-22 Jan
I will be showing 6 framed works with Opus over the duration of the show. Some new pieces previously unreleased and some represented pieces from 2011, I am really excited to be involved with the LAF again this year and am looking forward to seeing the broad spectrum of work to be found there – if you would like to come and see my work at the LAF please contact Opus for a a complimentary, their website can be found here ( opus )
Art For Heart’s Sake
I have been invited by Sophie Wharmby from Art For Heart’s Sake to donate a work for Auction at their exhibition which will run from 10th – 17th February 2012.
Art for Heart’s Sake is a social enterprise that seeks to raise awareness and encourage charitable donation through creative engagement. The event has been created in partnership with Hipstamatic, and is sponsored by Kids Company and EDC and will feature 100 photos, (selected from a submission of over 5000!) as well as a selection of creative works from supporting artists all available for auction over the course of the exhibition. I would love to see the piece raise money at the auction so if you are interested in any of my work and would like to support this great cause please contact myself or Sophie through the Art for Heart’s Sake website http://www.artforheartssake.co.uk/
E D E N
Looking ahead to March, I am beginning to plan an installation drawing entitled eden which will take place from the 1-11 March 2012, The Stone Space, in Leytonstone. Here is the text from The Stone Space site where more information about their programme of exhibitions can be found for 2012.
The Stone Space is pleased to present the live drawing event ‘E D E N’ by artist Carne Griffiths. Created in calligraphy ink and tea, EDEN will employ imagery connected with creation and evolution whilst exploring the interplay between artist as creator and the outside influences of chance and suggestion from viewers.
Visitors to the gallery are encouraged to bring plants to the exhibition, to create a central installation which will be used as inspiration for the drawing, as well as write suggestions for imagery to be included within the piece. A live broadcast of the event will be available at the website http://www.carnegriffiths.com and http://www.thestonespace.com
So I already have plenty to look forward to in terms of creating and showing new work and am now keen to get into the studio to explore work for the exhibition ‘The Wing Assignament‘ which is being curated by a good friend from Maidstone College of Art.
Hope to see you at the LAF or sooner!
… I’m still reeling from the speed at which everything has been happening recently and so blogs have been coming slowly so I thought I would recap and say a very big ‘Thank You’ to everyone who supported and visited the Journey exhibition over at G90 Finsbury park and particularly Mick and Michelle who put in all the hard work making sure everyone who visited was well looked after. It was a real pleasure to work with Gallery 90 and I am looking forward to showing work with them again in the future. Thanks also to those people who have collected and invested in originals of my work and to those who have also bought prints, it has been an amazing year and I am very grateful that I have been given the opportunity to work full time as an artist.
So what next… well hot on the heels of the Journey Exhibition, I have been invited by Debut Contemporary in Notting Hill to submit works for their winter exhibition which opens tomorrow night. 7th Dec.
It is an honour to have been selected from over a thousand artists, and to not only show work with this gallery but to get experience from their excellent workshops which give artists the opportunity to gain industry experience through introductions to experts from a number of fields including curators, practicing artists, publicists and collectors. The program began earlier today with the opportunity to present an ‘elevator’ style pitch about yourself as an artist. Public speaking isn’t something I’ve ever been fond of and with a camera in the mix even less so but it didn’t go too badly! It was a great opportunity also to meet the other artists who will be showing at Debut from Tomorrow night.
So to plan the direction of work over the coming year… I have had several slight changes of direction and experimentations over the last year but have mainly kept both thematic and stylistic elements which I hope identify the work as belonging to me. Next years challenge will be to take the work in a new direction whilst still maintaining the elements and freedom of line which make the work so enjoyable to make
There is a very fine balance in the work between complete freedom, and the constraints put on the work by figurative elements. A particular piece which I think achieved this was ‘Another Place’ created just before the journey exhibition. Following on from the works ‘somewhere’ and ‘somewhere else’ the piece focuses on that moment where we allow ourselves to delve inside our unconscious mind, to drift and yet still have some lucid recollection of events, or an awareness of self. In this respect ‘Another Place’ is, in effect, a drawing of my drawing process – it calls upon personal symbols and shapes important to me and transposes them alongside an image of a daydreaming figure. The model reference for this piece is photographer Lisa Stefaniak lisastefaniak.com I asked Lisa if I could reference images from a series of photographs she had taken each day over a period of one year. There is something about the set which gives this feeling of elsewhere – a daydream or a longing and this is what I am trying to capture through a sense of abandonment in drawing.
You can purchase a ltd ed print of this piece here
Another piece which has just been released as a print is Strength.
Strength was a piece created in 2011 in response to the disastrous earthquake in Japan, it was a piece about human resolve and also about the terrifying force of nature. The concept of the piece is fairly simple A woman stands resilient against the force of the plant roots which try to break apart her figure. It focuses on the beauty and delicacy of nature and how a tiny flower will break through the toughest of grounds and overcome the harshest surroundings in order to survive
The print has been produced by Fine Art Publishers Harwood King who are well known for their creation of prints for artists such as Dan Baldwin, Hush, Henrik Simonsen, and Andrew McAttee
Details of the print (varnish layers and gold leaf treatments) can be found on Etsy where the first editions are currently for sale.
Strength Ltd ed print available for sale here
images below are actual pictures of the print from Harwood King