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I’ve decided to take some stretched paper and my usual pencils inks and pens and of course a fine selection of Tea to gallery 90 for the final weekend of Journey. I’ll be there on both Saturday and Sunday 12-6pm making a new piece of work whilst people visit the gallery. It’s something outside of my comfort zone – I normally like to be almost meditative when I work and I may even have to throw on a pair of headphones to be able to work but I think it would be a good experiment.. who knows how the work will turn out – I have nothing planned as yet as I am sure something will occur between now and then which drives the work.
So please – if you can – come along to Gallery 90, enjoy some bubbly & refreshments provided by the gallery (I’ll be on the tea!)
Hope to see you there
some images from the private view of Journey and Exhibition
Had a great time at last night’s opening at G90 – Thanks to all at G90 and those who attended the private view. So nice to see so many friends at the private view and meet some collectors! The exhibition is now open and I’ve included a picture of one of the new works from the triptych. Hope you can get to see some of the work at the Gallery – G90 is a fantastic space great layout and it’s been an awesome opportunity for me to lay out a series of work in one space for the first time. Also one of the main comments I received about the artwork last night was it’s scale, most people had only seen work online and did not realise the size of the pieces especially the new triptych which loom over you as you come into the gallery space. So if you get the chance come along to G90 The address is at the bottom of this post.
90 Mountgrove Road
London N5 2LT
Nearest Tube – Finsbury Park
Digital Arts have featured an interview about my working practice so I thought I’d share it on the blog too, alternatively you can see it on the Digital Arts website here
Carne Griffiths brews up an exhibition
Many artists and designers use tea as an integral part of their creative process – to drink and pause and reflect on a work before applying final touches or heading off in a new direction – but the beverage is much more instrumental to the work of the artist Carne Griffiths. He creates what he describes as “drawings in ink and tea [that] offer a form of escapism to the viewer”, mixing portraits with floral shapes and watery smudges and drips for a style imbued with both sadness and strength
DA: How did you first get into the use of liquids such as tea in your work?
CG: “I have drawn with fountain pen for many years, often with plain water washes. When I decided to leave my post of creative director at an embroidery firm to pursue a love of drawing I experimented with liquids such as brandy.
“I liked the effect this had on the inks I was using but decided that an alternative that wasn’t such a wasteful crime would be a better option so I started experimenting with different types of tea.”
DA: What does using such materials enable you to do that conventional painting techniques alone do not?
CG: “Colour is a difficult area for me and something that I have become more confident with in recent works. My confidence in using different materials is growing but the benefit of working with a medium such as tea is that it creates a naturally harmonious palette.
“I can introduce vibrant colours but the tea does the job of mixing with these to create a balance in the work. I know this could have been achieved with a reduced palette of colours but there is something about the whole process of brewing the tea and working with a colour that becomes more intense or darker in tone as the work progresses.”
DA: How does your past in embroidery design influence your work?
CG: “I undertook an apprenticeship in embroidery and it was something that I didn’t take lightly, there is a great responsibility learning from someone who has devoted 50 years of their life to understanding and developing a trade, and then the challenge is taking that information and making the job your own. That kind of intensity and study of technique is bound to have an influence on both your drawing style and also your approach to artwork.
“A lot of my influences manifest themselves in quite a subtle way – sometimes subconsciously. I think the reason that many of my compositions sit within the page and fit within given shapes is down to this training and obviously the floral elements and pattern within my work derive from my embroidery background.
“Looking back at my work over the past year, the influence of floral pattern seems to be less evident in later pieces. I am becoming more interested in expressive lines and less controlled work, which is one of the advantages of working without constraint.”
DA: Could you give us a brief insight into your creative process for an artwork?
CG: “Spontaneity and chance is the key to most of my work, allowing myself the freedom to change the direction of a piece of work at any time is what excites me most about making art. I can be working on a piece and suddenly have the impulse to tip a cup of tea almost entirely over the work and then to throw the piece around moving the ink away from the underlaying lines. This process of ‘destruction’ is found in most of the pieces that I consider successful.
“I have a real passion for outsider art and automatic drawing – show me the work of someone who considers themselves unable to draw and I will marvel at their approach. So part of my aim in any piece of work is to reach that point where I become less concerned with the act of making an image and become absorbed in the drawing itself.
“The work of Andre Masson and the incredible tortured drawings of Antonin Artaud are examples to me of the raw power of the drawn line. I am of the opinion that creativity has less to do with technical ability than intuition, freedom of expression and confidence in mark making.”
DA: How did you come to be exhibiting at Gallery 90?
CG: “I was introduced to the gallery by the artist Mason Storm who is also exhibiting at G90 later in December. He’s been pretty instrumental in arranging the whole thing and I’m grateful for the opportunity.”
DA: What journeys does the title of the show refer to?
CG: “The show title reflects upon several types of journey. It alludes to the process of creating the work, to the discovery involved during each piece and also to the way I have approached my own artwork over the last year allowing things to happen organically without too much concern for direction.”
The exhibition runs from Nov 19 to Dec 3 at Gallery 90, 90 Mountgrove Road, Finsbury Park, London, N5 2LT. The private view is on Nov 18 from 7pm.
Digital Arts Staff
The Private view for the exhibition ‘ J O U R N E Y ‘ at Gallery 90 is this Friday 18th November from 7pm,
As well as featuring drawings in tea and Ink made over the last year the exhibition will showcase a triptych of 5 foot drawings fresh from the Studio. I do hope you will be able to join me to help celebrate the first year of working as an artist, can’t wait to share the new work with you.
Also accompanying the show are 2 new limited edition prints;
‘Strength‘ – 60 x 42cm printed on 330 gsm Saunders Somerset paper, with varnish layer treatments and gold leaf accents. The print is a limited edition of 50 published by fine art print suppliers Harwood King, and will be available for £270 from the 18th November.
‘Another Place’ A2 Giclee print on 300gsm Hahnemuhle etching paper, edition of 25,
Another place (normally £150) will be available for sale at a specially discounted price of £120 at the private view of Journey.
Look forward to seeing you at the Private View.
If you would like to attend the private view of Journey on the 18th of November at Gallery 90 , please you send an email with your address details and I will be happy to send an invite for the show.
The exhibition will contain a selection of works made in the last year.
With best wishes
Journey is an exhibition of drawings made since leaving my full time job as an embroidery designer in 2010. The exhibition will show different aspects of work and will focus on what I have enjoyed doing most over the last year, portraiture, floral pattern and automatic drawing.
I often use the word ‘Journey’ to describe the process of making my artwork, always allowing the work to grow organically and change in style in response to each input.
A year ago I was intrigued to know what a years worth of drawing would look like. This exhibition will show representations of key pieces made from November 2010 -November 2011, and a collection of new works not previously exhibited.
Journey will be showing from the 19th December at Gallery 90, 90 Mountgrove Road London N5 2LT,
Quick update of work from the studio and some images from the latest piece release. Will be getting some details out about November’s show at Gallery 90 soon. Thanks for following. If you are in the leytonstone area tomorrow – drop by to see the work in The Stone Space - I have a new ripped wallpaper peace on show in the Unwrapped exhibition.