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.


Update from the studio! 2 for Joy and 1 for Sorrow in Spring Exhibition

A little more work on the piece 2 for Joy…

Yesterday Evening was the launch for the Spring show at the Forman’s Smokehouse – amazing exhibition excellently curated by Katja Rosenbeurg.  The exhibition runs from the 5th April – 6th May and is showing avast range of spring related work from over 50 artists! There is also the excellent Smokehouse restaurant to give you even more reason to visit!

one for sorrow @ the smokehouse gallery for the spring exhibition

The huge smokehouse gallery overlooks the olympic stadium and its internal architecture reflects this strongly!

View from the gallery

Details of how to get there are to be found on the smokehouse website.

Live painting at Gallery 90

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

Floral Drawing with Bees at 5 Norlington Road

As part of the Leytonstone Arts Trail – I have had the pleasure of starting a large drawing inside a freshly wallpapered house.  The piece is an organic development – mainly unplanned and consisting largely of floral forms.  The drawing is due to be completed next weekend and will be open for public viewing on Sunday the 10th of July where I will be continuing the work and throughout the next week until Sunday the 17th July.  Here are a few images of the work completed so far.

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The work will be the starting point of a new series of pieces considering the impact of bees on the environment, their sophisticated methods of communication and navigation, concerns about their dwindling numbers and the catastrophic effects on the planet should they disappear completely.

By chance today I met a beekeeper who has invited me to don a beekeepers suit and gain some first hand experience visiting the hive – looking forward to recording some sound and video to influence the work

Emerge and Lose Yourself

2 new pieces from the studio 20/4/2011, Currently have work showing at the London Print Fair with the Royal Academy, if you have the chance to visit I am on stall 30 with Eyestorm showing parassita and rose.

Moving Studio

Today, I’m gathering up all the odds and ends lying around the house  to take into the new studio, so I’ll sadly leaving Mitre Studios in Walthamstow, a great studio space above the Paekakiriki press run by Matt Mackenzie, wish all the best to Alke, Della, Kirsten and Martin.

The new studio will give a chance to work on some larger ink drawings that I have been thinking about recently.  8 New pieces of paper stretched up and drying so looking forward to a week of submerging myself in the drawings in there.

In 2 days time the digital versions of Parassita and 5 other works will be presented at Art Paris courtesy of Saatchi online

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The original work of Parassita is represented by Eyestorm who will also be showing my new print of Rose at the London Original Print Fair coming up in a few weeks in April.

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Paris Showdown

I have entered this piece in the Paris Showdown, apparently the top 128 entrants are able to enter the physical work into the Paris exhibition so fingers crossed, would love to show Parassita there. If you have the time you can vote for the piece here http://www.saatchionline.com/showdown/match/showdown/5/artist/75921/art/1231839