JOYCE Collaboration

JOYCE have launched their latest project featuring artwork from 5 international artists including Devin McGrath, Simon Prades, Violeta Hernández, Vasilj Godzh and Myself

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The brief was to create a piece of work which evoked the mood of spring.  I created the artwork above using calligraphy inks and tea.  For this particular project I worked with a very pale white tea to keep colours clean and used a minimal amount of graphite.  The scanned artwork was then applied to the product by the design team at JOYCE.  I have included a couple of visuals and roughs that I worked up at the development stage of the project above. The original artwork will be on show later this year as part of a new collection of work.

Eden Photoshoot

Sunday was the final day of Eden and to mark the end of the exhibition photographer Arta Kane arranged a photoshoot combining the 2 week installation artwork with 2 models and a collection of donated plants from the Stone Space’s visitors. Below is a quick slideshow of snaps taken by me from the shoot.  I will be sharing the amazing work of photographer Arta Kane in the next post.  Busy as ever in the studio with some interesting and demanding commissions, will reveal more soon.

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Private View of Eden tonight 8th March from 7pm


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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 Preview – Painting in Tea @ Debut Contemporary Sat 25th Feb

 

Very excited about tomorrow’s drawing event.  On Saturday 25th feb (tomorrow!) I will be packing up my assorted teas, pens and paintbrushes and heading over to Notting Hill for a day of painting in ink and tea at Debut Contemporary.  Debut have kindly let me use their window space as a studio for the day and as spring is just around the corner (fingers crossed) I thought I would take some floral inspiration to create a new piece of work in the space.   Hopefully I will have worked out the technology to broadcast some of the drawing via webcam, but if you can make it along to the gallery for a cup of tea you’ll be able to enjoy the whole experience aroma and all!!

There will also be work available for sale starting from £5 for postcard packs, prints and original works of art.  Also available will be the newly released print Choke taken from the violence of flowers series, accompanied by a selection of original floral works.

Will post pictures of the event tomorrow evening online, but hope to see you there if you can make it.

Choke 15″ x 24″ on 310 gsm Hahnemuhle Etching Paper, ltd edition of 25 available here
Also available from Art Republic, Eyestorm , Inkd Gallery and Opus.

Long Player @ The Ben Oakley Gallery

Tonight sees the launch of Long Player at the amazing Ben Oakley Gallery, featuring work from over 30 artists who have been given the task of customising classic (and not so classic) album covers in a show which mixes street art, fine art, illustration and works from another dimension. I got 2 in it!

Sneak preview below

 

Bid from tomorrow and raise money for Kids Company

 

Make a Donation | Artwork Auction

Thank you for reading this blog.  I am pleased to donate the work Margarita to ‘Art For Heart’s Sake’, an exhibition showcasing 100 photographs and selected artworks for auction.  If you would like to place a bid for the work below – you can visit the website between 9th and 17th February, where there will be a link to each artists work.  The preview event will take place tomorrow evening at 20 Margaret Street from 7pm at the European Design Centre, if you would like to attend the preview please send an email today to rsvp@artforheartssake.co.uk

Margarita by Carne Griffiths, Ink and Tea on Watercolour Paper

 

Kids Company was founded by Camila Batmanghelidjh in 1996. We provide practical, emotional and educational support to vulnerable inner-city children.

Our services reach 17,000 children across London, including the most deprived and at risk whose parents are unable to care for them due to their own practical and emotional challenges. For many, the roles of adult and child are reversed and, despite profound love, both struggle to survive.

These exceptionally vulnerable children not only negotiate significant challenges in their family homes, they also face immense threat within their neighbourhoods. Often they are exposed to relentless violence, some are forced into working as drug couriers or prostitutes, and many experience chronic abuse.

We provide a  safe, caring, family environment where support is tailored to the needs of each individual. Our services and support empower children who have experienced enormous challenges to lead positive and fulfilling lives. Despite great difficulties, the children we work with are hugely courageous and embrace the support we offer.

In 2007 Kids Company was awarded the Liberty and JUSTICE Human Rights Award. In 2010 we were selected as a ‘Child Poverty Champion’ by the End Child Poverty project for our success in enabling children to achieve their full potential.

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….

 

 

 

Stationery whilst moving

One of the things that I get inexplicably excited about is Stationery.  Particularly vintage pieces – so when I opened a small parcel on Xmas day (thank you Mrs Gx) to find 5 x 1950’s Russian and Lithuanian fountain pens lurking under the wrapper I couldn’t get them filled with calligraphy ink and put to work quick enough.  Something about pens, like watches, that have a real sense of time and history, where they have been used, what they have recorded and written and with a ‘new’ pen just how it will write / draw.  Yes – this is geek territory but these are tools of the trade for me…  excused?

I started work on a piece which I am donating to Hanan Levin for a blog he is creating about his beautiful daughter Adora.  For those of you who don’t know, Hanan Levin is the creator of the extraordinary blog ‘grow a brain‘ and more recently ‘Adorable‘ celebrating the birth and formative years of his daughter’s life with artwork and  illustrations by thousands of artists.  The new piece below will appear alongside the others on his blog shortly.  Thank you Hanan & Adora!! – a fantastic project and very happy to be a part of it.

New work from the Studio & Evening Drinks!

Looking forward to tonight’s private view for Violence of Flowers and seeing friends that I have not seen for far too long.  If you can make it along I will be in the Castle from about 6pm – PV runs till they throw us out.

In the studio I have worked on a few new pieces, recently finished are ‘Overgrown’ and ‘Take Cover’ and am working on a new piece which is now nearly complete – will be posting later.

Hope to see you tonight

First Thursday

Great opportunity to show one of my new pieces down at a new space on Vyner Street taken over by Sean worrall and crew and put up with speed for tonights First Thursday! Happy to give some new work an airing just before the E17 trail over in Walthamstow, have chosen to show the piece Rooted.. .  The piece Somewhere is on it’s way to Eyestorm and the piece ‘somewhere else’ may be hanging soon in the Ben Oakley Gallery – Cheers Ben!

think it will be up for only a few days but will be good to get it on a gallery wall. So much going on when it’s First Thursdays – everyone clambering for a prime spot!!

I’m going to be heading over to see the excellent work of Paul Cummings who is also based at the Norlington Road Studios here in Leyton. It’s been a real pleasure to talk to Paul about his large scale Acrylic paintings, and to have my mind blown by his knowledge and application of colour theory and so much more.. Paul is exhibiting in the Exposure Gallery, Soho, which is situated on Little Portland Street . He is showing a collection of charcoal portraits made from studies of friends and taken from mobile phone images – it’s a great collection of work and I’m looking forward to seeing it set up in the space – The PV Runs from 6:30pm to 8:30pm when I’ll be dashing back over to Vyner Street to take in more of the shows there…

 

just enough time to take a snap of some work in the studio and go frame up the uprooted piece.

For those heading east – enjoy first Thursdays

The E17 Art Trail – Exhibiting the Violence of flowers

 

I’m getting ready to show work in this year’s E17 Arts Trail.  I will be exhibiting a selection of work from the Violence of Flowers in the castle pub and will be bringing a portfolio of the remaining pieces on Thursday 8th for the private view. You will be able to pick up trail guides at the Castle Pub to see make your way around the 130 or so exhibitions which form the E17 Trail!!

Thanks to those of you who managed to come along to the preview in Leytonstone where the mural drawing undergrowth was displayed last week- if you were unable to make this show I do hope you’ll be able to join me on the 8th of September for a few drinks!

Also available at the castle will be a collection of postcards and giclee prints of work available to buy from £5 to £75 – Hope to see you during the Trail –

if you can’t make the show and are interested in the work, or prints they are of course available here.!!

Cheers – Carne