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Just out of Reach by Carne Griffiths

Just out of Reach 24ct Gold Detail

Just out of Reach - Varnish Detail
Just out of Reach (available here) an archival limited edition print on 330 gsm Somerset Paper with hand torn edges, 60 x 80 cm.
The print accurately reproduces the original painting as an archival quality giclee print adding 24 carat heavy gold detailing and varnish layers to enhance the elements within this print.

 

Details of the varnish and gold leaf can be seen clearly in this video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyV3eIFfUxA

Full Details of this edition

Print Medium: Giclee with Screenprinted Varnish Layers and 24 carat gold detailing
Print Size: 50 x 70cm paper size 60 x 80cm
Edition Size 50 prints plus 5 x Artist Proofs
Signed and editioned by the artist.

More information about the Print

Just out of reach brings to attention the things which we desire and reminds us of the importance of the natural world. Combining imagery from advertising and fashion with nature, the artist utilises the powerful ‘selling gaze’ and uses it to transport the viewer into a fantasy world abound with rich nature and lush vegetation. The broken shards of glass symbolise the moment of realisation, when we rediscover the beauty in our natural surroundings. The use of glazes on the shards of glass and the opulence created by the 24 ct gold detail serve to question just what riches are and what is important in life.

Our greatest desires are normally the things just out of reach.

 

… I’m still reeling from the speed at which everything has been happening recently and so blogs have been coming slowly so I thought I would recap and say a very big ‘Thank You’ to everyone who supported and visited the Journey exhibition over at G90 Finsbury park and particularly Mick and Michelle who put in all the hard work making sure everyone who visited was well looked after.  It was a real pleasure to work with Gallery 90 and I am looking forward to showing work with them again in the future.  Thanks also to those people who have collected and invested in originals of my work and to those who have also bought prints, it has been an amazing year and I am very grateful that I have been given the opportunity to work full time as an artist.

So what next… well hot on the heels of the Journey Exhibition, I have been invited by Debut Contemporary in Notting Hill to submit works for their winter exhibition which opens tomorrow night. 7th Dec.

It is an honour to have been selected from over a thousand artists, and to not only show work with this gallery but to get experience from their excellent workshops which give artists the opportunity to gain industry experience through introductions to experts from a number of fields including curators, practicing artists, publicists and collectors.  The program began earlier today with the opportunity to present an ‘elevator’ style pitch about yourself as an artist.  Public speaking isn’t something I’ve ever been fond of and with a camera in the mix even less so but it didn’t go too badly!  It was a great opportunity also to meet the other artists who will be showing at Debut from Tomorrow night.

So to plan the direction of work over the coming year… I have had several slight changes of direction and experimentations over the last year but have mainly kept both thematic and stylistic elements which I hope identify the work as belonging to me.  Next years challenge will be to take the work in a new direction whilst still maintaining the elements and freedom of line which make the work so enjoyable to make

Another Place

There is a very fine balance in the work between complete freedom, and the constraints put on the work by figurative elements.  A particular piece which I think achieved this was ‘Another Place’ created just before the journey exhibition.  Following on from the works ‘somewhere’ and ‘somewhere else’ the piece focuses on that moment where we allow ourselves to delve inside our unconscious mind, to drift and yet still have some lucid recollection of events, or an awareness of self.  In this respect ‘Another Place’ is, in effect, a drawing of my drawing process – it calls upon personal symbols and shapes important to me and transposes them alongside an image of a daydreaming figure.  The model reference for this piece is photographer Lisa Stefaniak lisastefaniak.com I asked Lisa if I could reference images from a series of photographs she had taken each day over a period of one year.  There is something about the set which gives this feeling of elsewhere – a daydream or a longing and this is what I am trying to capture through a sense of abandonment in drawing.

You can purchase a ltd ed print of this piece here

 

Strength

Another piece which has just been released as a print is Strength.

Strength was a piece created in 2011 in response to the disastrous earthquake in Japan, it was a piece about human resolve and also about the terrifying force of nature.  The concept of the piece is fairly simple A woman stands resilient against the force of the plant roots which try to break apart her figure.  It focuses on the beauty and delicacy of nature and how a tiny flower will break through the toughest of grounds and overcome the harshest surroundings in order to survive

The print has been produced by Fine Art Publishers Harwood King who are well known for their creation of prints for artists such as Dan Baldwin, Hush, Henrik Simonsen, and Andrew McAttee
Details of the print (varnish layers and gold leaf treatments) can be found on Etsy where the first editions are currently for sale.

Strength Ltd ed print available for sale here

images below are actual pictures of the print from Harwood King

 

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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Ink and tea on paper

Small size giclee prints are now available of 2 new pieces, ‘The Discovery’ and ‘The Vine’.
The Vine, painted in a combination of Ink, Brandy Vodka and Whisky  will appear at London Miles’ March exhibition of vices – you can find out more here

The prints, produced as signed giclee editions onto Hahnemuhle archival watercolour paper in a limited edition of 25 each are signed by the artist and are available for £75.00 each here

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