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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!
Its turning out to be a rollercoaster week – with great news hearing of sales of The Harvest, The Vine, Nectar, Metamorphosis Strength and Comfort – thank you to Ink’d Gallery, Eyestorm, Art Republic and Opus – meanwhile in the studio work is building up quickly on ‘The Violence of Flowers’ a series of work which I am fully immersed in at the moment. This may have been the reason it hadn’t really sunk in that the studios where I work are being considered for redevelopment and a planning application slapped on the lamp-post outside the entrance. If things go according to (their) plan – Norlington road studios in Leyton will turn into a mews providing some nice new flats for the area, meanwhile a growing community of artists from the surrounding areas will be without studio space which is becoming increasingly scarce!! especially in E10/E11
This on the back of a wonderful Arts Trail Experience leaves a real bitter taste in the mouth… well I have decided that it’s something I will become actively involved in opposing – whether it means I have to find a new workplace or not the main thing is that life and the current project of work goes on for the time being and I intend to make the most of it. I have only released detail shots of the work so far and a couple of development pieces so I thought I would add one finished piece to the blog, it misrepresents the series slightly but it is the first piece to reintroduce portraiture to the series. The piece shown below is as yet untitled – it’s title will depend on the completed series of work but I think it reintroduces a bit of vigour to the drawn line – I hope you like it
I will be holding a small private preview of the series on the 27th of August in Leytonstone, and will be showing selected works as part of the E17 Arts Trail which begins on the 1st September. In the meantime I am looking for a venue to display the full collection of works towards the end of September… just need to find a gallery that would be interested in showing the series as a whole.
I have been invited to display 2 of my pieces of work in the Summer Exhibition, with Opus Fine Art, Newcastle.
The exhibition will take place on Monday 8 August – Friday 2 September 2011
Private View: Friday, 5 August, 6-8pm
The Summer Exhibition kicks off with a themed party on the evening of Friday, 5 August by invitation only, where guests can view and buy the works on show, meet artists showing, and enjoy summery cocktails and canapés courtesty of 1OAK restaurant.
Opus will be showing a “huge selection of artwork by the cream of artists on their roster, including Chris Acheson, Andrea Allan,Kim Baker, Lee Chantler, Richard Davidson, Teresa Duck, Michele Fletcher, Nick Fox, Carne Griffiths, Kelly Jayne, Brian Jones, Linda Lencovic, Miranda Lopatkin, Ali Miller, Geraldine Swayne, Natalie Tkachuk and Karl de Vroomen.”
The exhibition opens to the public from Monday, 8 August until Friday, 2 September, by appointment only.
Please contact Opus Fine Art, Milburn House, Dean Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1NR T: 0191 232 7389
I’m pleased to announce that 2 new original pieces are now available from Opus in Newcastle. The original works will soon be placed on display and accompanying these will be the sale of newly produced limited edition prints of Rose and The Harvest. The prints, produced by fine art printers Harwood King, are a combination of Silkscreen Varnish and Giclee techniques and are also available from the work for sale page on this site, thanks for looking.