Is it winter?

It certainly feels like it.. I’m coming to the end of the Journey exhibition at Gallery 90 (finishes this Sunday 4th December) , the winter feeling is taking it’s toll. Studio is colder and getting artwork from 1 place to another is a lot less enjoyable than usual.  However today I sent 7 little packs of postcards this afternoon, and it always makes me smile that people all over the world are requesting little bits of work.

It’s always the little things that bring so much enjoyment, as I sealed the manilla envelopes for packs going to Doncaster, Potters Bar, San Marco, Texas, Germany and Moscow amongst others and sealed them with a wax seal rose, I realised just how fortunate I was to be making a living as an artist and doing something that I thoroughly enjoy.  Sometimes it feels like a hard slog, when the work isn’t flowing, and it seems an uphill climb to get into a creative place  but just knowing that there are people out there encountering the work, all over the world … well that is everything.

That’s why I put so much energy into those little packs of cards.  For just £5 you can have a pack of postcards delivered to your doorstep (in time for xmas) each lovingly sealed in a wax stamped envelope with a fountain pen floral sketch on the reverse..  I now have 3 packs of ltd edition cards which can be ordered through Etsy – if you’d like something personal from an artist to use as a stocking filler this Christmas – I’d be only too happy to personalise the envelope for you.. clicking the images below will take you to the etsy store where it’s easy to place an order.

As a special xmas offer you can get all three sets, that’s 12 postcards for just £12 delivered here

 

There are also larger prints of work available from Etsy and of course original pieces of work available from EYESTORM | INKD | ART REPUBLIC | OPUS and of course Gallery 90 with the works from the current solo show.

 

Journey 19th November – 4th December

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.

Gallery 90
90 Mountgrove Road
London N5 2LT
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Nearest Tube – Finsbury Park

Journey – Private View Fri 18 Nov 7pm

Tonight is the private view for Journey, I will be showing a new triptych of large drawings alongside work created between 2010-2011, including the pieces below.  Hope you can make it over.

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Private View from 7pm
Gallery 90
90 Mountgrove Road
Finsbury Park
N5 2LT
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Digital Arts Interview – 14th Nov 2011

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

Carne’s solo show, Journeys, is at Gallery 90in London from Saturday, so in advance of the show we thought we’d find out more about his art and creative process.

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.

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New Prints Available at ‘ J O U R N E Y ‘ Private View this Friday

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.