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.

New Editioned Cards and Hunger Pics

Some exciting new projects on the horizon including working with some fabric and dress designs for a London fashion label – more information to come later in the season as the designs progress.  Tomorrow I will be taking the new pieces ‘From Chaos’ and ‘Seed of Life’ down to the fantastic Ink’d gallery in Brighton where I will have a chance to see the Graham Carter, Me, Marionette exhibition which is currently showing- been waiting for a sunny day to hit the south coast and enjoy properly!

New Edition Triptych Cards Available Here

Triptych, signed edition – Available to order here for £10

The three cards are on 400gsm matt stock with a solid silver reverse print – the cards are packed in silver Centura wrapping and will be posted in a hand embellished white conqueror envelope sealed with a silver or turquoise wax stamp. Limited to an edition of 1000 cards Each triptych is hand signed and accompanied by a small original drawing on the outside reverse of the envelope.  Each card measures 10cm x 21 cm.

Hunger Magazine

Earlier this month saw the launch of Hunger magazine’s second edition – for those who want to get their hands on the mag it’s out now at whsmiths for just £5 or from Other Criteria in Hardback for just £10! -The hefty magazine is an amazing collection of work from the Photographer Rankin as well as features on artisans that inspire and influence his work.  I was fortunate enough to be invited by Rankin to translate a photoshoot of the amazing Tuli, into a series of illustrations.  Blending my own floral style with the work of another photographer was a real challenge – especially finding a balance between the escapist, automatic style of drawing I enjoy, but retaining the compositional elements which I hope give a new strength to the images.. here’s some pics of the collaboration

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.othercriteria.com/browse/all/new/the_hunger_2_hardback/

2 for Joy

‘2 for Joy’  is now complete and cut from the board in the studio, so I am spending today catching up on some paperwork and arranging some of my giclee prints to go out to galleries in Brighton, Hastings and up to Scotland. Also preparing the 3rd piece in the series and working on some interesting commissions, including a new lightbox which I will be sharing soon.

Here are some pics of the finished work 2 for Joy with a couple of work in progress and detail shots taken along the way.  The piece ‘2 for Joy’ will form part of a series of 10 works over the course of this year.

Twinne

Also here are some pics from the launch of the new t-shirt available from Twinne using the piece ‘Seed of life’

Apparently there was a hiccup with the ordering system but you can now buy the Tee’s here

The original artwork is also available for sale.

 

 

 

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….

 

 

 

Brown Paper Packages

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]

 

Kick Start January

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/

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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!

 

 

welcoming in 2012

Happy New Year!!! – I’ve decided to release a new set of postcards to mark the start of 2012. With a little bit more bite than the previous set, the  four postcard winter pack contains prints of Choke, Guilt, Somewhere and Another Place.  If you would like to buy one of the new packs they are now available to order here and the first sets will be sent out to arrive on the 20th January. Order early to get the 1st editions – I’ll be sending them out on a first come first served basis.

I’m looking forward to a packed january with the London Art Show starting mid January a few commissions on the go and really looking forward to the opening of Art for Heart’s Sake, who will be auctioning a new piece of my work in support of charity Kids Company.  If you would like to attend the charity auction – just post on this blog or send an email to carne@carnegriffiths.com and I will arrange to have an invite sent for the preview on 9th Feb.  More details here http://www.artforheartssake.co.uk/