Open Studio, Exhibitions and New Rankin Collaboration Print Launched

I’m happy to invite you to visit the studio at Norlington road from the 12th – 22nd of July.
66 Norlington Road – Leyton E10 6LA

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I have been busy coordinating an exhibition featuring the work of 35 artists to be shown in the common parts of the studio as part of this year’s Leytonstone Arts Trail.  The exhibition, entitled ‘When the Walls Come Down’  will open with a party on the 12th July and will feature performances by Grassy Noel & Ape and will host a number of open studios.

The opening times for the exhibition will be Thurs 12th July 4-7 pm, Fri 13th July 3-6 pm, Sat 14th July 10-5 pm, Sun 15th July 12-5 pm, Mon 16th July 4-7 pm, Tue 17th July 4-7 pm, Wed 18th July 4-7 pm, Thurs 19th July 4-8 pm, Fri 20th July 3-6 pm, Sat 21st July 10–5pm, Sun 22nd July 12-5pm.

Pieces on display at the studio include work made over the last 2 years with a focus on new pieces either in process or recently completed, with some of the preparatory work building for a solo show this September with Ink’d Gallery.

New Print Launched

Eyestorm Art

Exclusive to eyestorm is the new print ‘Stray Pleasures’ a collaboration with celebrity photographer Rankin.

Stray Pleasures by Carne Griffiths

Angie Davey writes about the new work over on the Eyestorm blog…

“I have to say we’re all very excited here at Eyestorm about the works in Carne Griffiths’ latest project. The result of an exciting proposal from well-known portrait photographer and co-founder of Dazed & Confused magazine Rankin, they see Carne take the photographer’s fashion snaps to a whole new level by transforming them into his distinguishable ink and tea masterpieces for Rankin’s new biannual music, fashion and lifestyle magazine Hunger.”

   
The cover of Hunger Magazine and some pages of the feature

“Sexy, sultry and perfectly composed, the five illustrations mirror Rankin’s signature style of portrait photography and are displayed in the magazine as an eight-page fashion shoot, complete with credits to styling, hair and make up and clothes listed just as an ordinary feature would have. The model is Rankin’s wife Tuuli who he often uses as a subject and so the end result is essentially a series of portraits of her, beautifully captured by Carne’s artistic hand.

Of the five original unique pieces Carne produced for the Hunger article, one (which is personally owned by Rankin) has been released as a limited edition print titled Stray Pleasures, exclusively available to buy through Eyestorm from today.”

Click here to see all the works in more detail on the eyestorm website.

Exhibitions


The Art Pavilion (Mile End Park), Clinton Road, London E3 4QY
Friday 13th July, 7pm.

I will be showing 2 pieces of work at Mile End Pavillion as part of this year’s Regent’s Canal Festival.

Regent’s Canal Festival celebrates the 200th anniversary of the London canal. While raising awareness of environmental issues and the wildlife it provides an excellent platform to deliver a wide range of artistic disciplines – Highlights are ‘Tales from the Tunnel’ an incredible audio-visual experience through Islington Tunnel created by Oddscene & Phuq, ‘Venetian Bite’ celebrates the Venetian carnival in Little Venice, sculptures made from recycled material of the ‘Rubbish Art’ series, pedal powered open-air cinema and a floating ‘Origami Armada’. Alongside the canal crossing between Little Venice and Mile End Park a unique festive atmosphere is create through performance, dance, music, market stalls and workshops for children.

70 Artists 7 Days showcases a fast paced journey through cutting-edge contemporary art, Regent’s Canal Festival is pleased to present work from 70 most promising artists of our age. With Walera Martynchik, Kjell Folkvord, Mariella Roos, Matt O’Donovan, Phillip Firsov, Carne Griffiths, Poppy Green, Carrie Foulkes.

The Art Pavilion (Mile End Park), Clinton Road, London E3 4QY
Friday 13th July, 7pm.


Last minute news..

Here’s what is happening from the studio, with exhibitions and upcoming projects.

This evening sees the launch of  The Stone Space’s One Day’s Walk exhibition.  The show features work from 13 artists reflecting on their beloved hometown or the place they grew up – It’s a great eclectic collection of work featuring plaster sculptures, oil paintings, charcoal and graphite drawings, photographs prints and drawings in ink and tea!!

If you can make it to Leytonstone tube station the Stone Space Gallery is just a stone’s throw along church lane and we’ll be there to welcome you with a nice glass of wine, beer or maybe even a cup of tea.. be there from 7pm

‘George’ by Jesus Coromina, ‘Tower Blocked’by Michele Fletcher and ‘Constellations 6’ by Gillian Swan

I will be showing the piece ‘The Green Man’ a drawing which serves to illustrate the influence of my Leytonstone’s natural surroundings on my drawing (as an avid cyclist the lure of epping forest is .  Most works in the exhibition are available for sale and all works have been reproduced as a postcard which are available to buy from the gallery for just £1 – all proceeds go to the running of the stone space gallery.

The Green Man, Ink and Tea on Paper

From the studio

Things are hotting up in the studio … literally – whilst work is complete on the first 2 of the series 1 for sorrow, I have begun to experiment with some new portraiture pieces.  These are with an aim to producing a new series of smaller works as part of the upcoming show at Ink’d Gallery this September.  Here’s a few snippets of what you might expect later in the year…

Collaborations..

Really looking forward to working with an East London Fashion house on the production of some garment fabrics inspired by drawings in ink and tea – the work will be playful, colourful and will mark a return for me into the area of textiles… after 12 years designing embroidery it’s nice to be working with fabrics again and I am feeling a draw to some more tactile elements in the work too! watch this space…

That’s all for now… thanks for reading.

Private View of Eden tonight 8th March from 7pm


Live streaming by Ustream

Just a quick post to say I would be delighted if you could join me for a glass of wine in the comfort of Leytonstone’s Stone Space Gallery from 7pm tonight (8th March)
The live stream for Eden will start again on this page from 1400 GMT today, that’s 0900 EST and 0800 EDT 8th March – at other times after, a recording of the stream will be available

Today is the mid-point of the exhibition and I will be drawing .. and broadcasting live from the space today from 2pm through till the private view which should run until 10pm tonight.
I hope you can join me later and if you can bring some plants / foliage / greenery.. all the better.

If you cannot make today’s private view you can still visit the exhibition at the following times.

Thursday 8 March 2pm – 10pm
Friday 9 March 2-6pm
Saturday 10 March 12-late
Sunday 11 March 12-4pm when the drawing will be completed… and dismantled.

Eden – Live broadcast Day 3

Quick update on the work as of end day 4…

The live stream for Eden will start again on this page from 1400 GMT latest – thats 0900 EST and 0800 EDT 8th March – at other times after, a recording of the stream will be available, will be trying to get a better quality connection today!


Live streaming by Ustream

The London Art Fair, The Wing Assignment, and other projects of distinction

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.

   

Postcards

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 hello@artforheartssake.co.uk

Debut Contemporary

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 rsvp@debutcontemporary.com or call 0207 221 1651

Some of the pieces on show …

Sold Works

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!!

Happy mondays….

 

 

 

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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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.