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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.


It’s been a busy couple of weeks with this project and that project, upcoming shows and opportunities but I’ve neglected the studio so I thought I’d post a work in progress and fill in a little of what shows are coming up in the month of October

Here’s an as yet untitled piece (I’ve got a couple of ideas for the title but undecided yet how it will finish)  I’ve also been filming some work in the studio against my better judgement! but to use as promo for an upcoming show.. I’ve made a video of part of this work in progress which I will be uploading soon.

So apart from planning some work with local community projects, The Stone Space and helping Co-ordinate the Drawing Crowds exhibition with fellow artist El Bedlow, I have prepared work for upcoming shows and been fortunate enough to have work accepted with the following galleries.

Inkd Gallery – a fantastic space down on North Road in Brighton – They have just received ‘uprooted’ and ‘take cover’ (shown below).  I am particularly pleased with the uprooted piece as it represents an area of drawing which I strive to bring into my work but is not something I can force… if you get a chance to pop into Inkd – ask to have a look at the piece – it may be tucked away in a drawer for safekeeping for now but I’m hoping it will grace their walls soon

  
Uprooted & Take Cover – now showing with Inkd Gallery

Opus have requested 4 pieces from the violence of flowers series, the works Crushed, Taunted, Torn and Smother are available online from their website now.

I will be participating in a number of shows coming up in October,

Multiplied contemporary editions fair at Christies with Eyestorm where I will be showing the ltd edition prints of Rose.

Then in mid October I will be showing some brand new pieces at an exhibition at the Hospital Club with West London Art Factory – put together by Jewel Goodby and featuring the following confirmed artists, Inkie / Carne Griffiths / Max Wiedemann / George Morton-Clarke / Ben Slow / Danny O’Connor / Fin Dac / Zeus / Cosmo Sarson / Milo / Warren J Fox / Jewel / Laura Tinald / Belinda Frikh / Joanna Scislowicz /
Then at the end of October I will be showing 6 original pieces with Eyestorm from the Violence of flowers at the Affordable Art Fair @ Hamspstead Heath….

Then there is a possibility of a solo show at the end of Oct too… but I’ll fill in more about that when I know what’s happening.

If you would like any more information about any of the shows or are interested in any of the work just drop me an email to carne@carnegriffiths.com

 

Looking forward to getting into the studio tomorrow!

 

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

Its turning out to be a rollercoaster week – with great news hearing of sales of  The Harvest, The Vine, Nectar, Metamorphosis Strength and Comfort – thank you to Ink’d Gallery, Eyestorm, Art Republic and Opus – meanwhile in the studio work is building up quickly on ‘The Violence of Flowers’ a series of work which I am fully immersed in at the moment. This may have been the reason it hadn’t really sunk in that the studios where I work are being considered for redevelopment and a planning application slapped on the lamp-post outside the entrance. If things go according to (their) plan – Norlington road studios in Leyton will turn into a mews providing some nice new flats for the area, meanwhile a growing community of artists from the surrounding areas will be without studio space which is becoming increasingly scarce!! especially in E10/E11

This on the back of a wonderful Arts Trail Experience leaves a real bitter taste in the mouth… well I have decided that it’s something I will become actively involved in opposing – whether it means I have to find a new workplace or not the main thing is that life and the current project of work goes on for the time being and I intend to make the most of it. I have only released detail shots of the work so far and a couple of development pieces so I thought I would add one finished piece to the blog, it misrepresents the series slightly but it is the first piece to reintroduce portraiture to the series. The piece shown below is as yet untitled – it’s title will depend on the completed series of work but I think it reintroduces a bit of vigour to the drawn line – I hope you like it

I will be holding a small private preview of the series on the 27th of August in Leytonstone, and will be showing selected works as part of the E17 Arts Trail which begins on the 1st September. In the meantime I am looking for a venue to display the full collection of works towards the end of September… just need to find a gallery that would be interested in showing the series as a whole.

New piece of work breaking down anatomical shapes into more abstract areas, not wishing to move away from the figurative but trying to incorporate successfully automatic and subconscious mark making alongside figurative drawing – starting to take shape I think..

Bit of a gap in blog posts while I settled into the new space but it has been a good move for me.  I’ve posted some of the recent work below and am currently working on a couple of new pieces in there.  The studio is shared with 2 other artists Michelle Sweetman and Neil Benjamin, and it’s great to be back in a busy creative environment. I havea few shows coming up in the next week or so.  An impromptu open hang in the Rag Factory, in the the apricot studio on the 14th April where I will be showing a few small ltd edition prints of various pieces – and also I have 2 new works in the Royal Academy Original Print Fair on the 19th 20th and 21st of April.  My work will be appearing on the eyestorm stand and I will be along on the 19th April evening to see this show for the first time.

Below are a few images produced in the last couple of weeks at the new studio.. will post more soon.

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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Have just recevied the new set of postcard prints, they are now all signed and editioned – you can buy them online at http://www.etsy.com/listing/70760345/limited-edition-pack-of-4-postcards-by

Set of four – for £5 including delivery, come in a clear cellophane pack.

Representations of the following pieces.

The Vine – (Coming soon at Art Republic Soho) is about alcoholism and is drawn in Ink and painted in Brandy Whisky and Vodka

Parassita – (Available from Eyestorm) is drawn in ink and tea and is about the fashion industry

The Discovery (Sold by Inkd Gallery Brighton) is drawn in Ink and tea and is about our relationship with nature

Roots – (Also at Inkd Gallery Brighton) is drawn in ink and tea.

Just had an email from Saatchi Online to say that several pieces will be represented digitally at Art Paris later this month. I am happy to have reached the last 64 of this competition and voting is still open –   The piece I have entered is Parassita, (soon to be available online through eyestorm) although I believe I am able to show a small selection of other work digitally too.  Would be interesting to know how they intend to run a digital display at the show and how the work will translate to that format.  Anybody going to the Art Paris exhibition?

Ink and Chai tea on paper

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