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Gareth Griffiths

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University: University of Leeds (Bretton Hall)
Graduation Year: 2002

Artist Statement

My work is influenced by West coast American “Googie” architecture. The origin of Googie derives from a John Lautner designed coffee shop built in West Hollywood. Originally appearing in commercial buildings such as restaurants, coffee shops, motels, gas stations and bowling alleys in the 50's and 60's - the distinct styling included curved lines, odd abstract cut–outs, up–swept roofs and boomerang shapes. My sculptures are colourful and eye catching, made with the intention of catching people’s attention and drawing them closer.

I am from North Wales - I studied sculpture at Bretton Hall College – (University of Leeds) graduating in 2002, and then subsequently went on to complete a Masters in Design from Leeds Metropolitan in 2004. I have been elected as a member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors, and have exhibited across the world in galleries in London, Liverpool (Tate Gallery), Leeds, Cardiff, London, Europe and America. Internationally I have had work on exhibition in Europe, Los Angeles and Palm Springs, and my work can be seen in private collections across Europe and America and Australia. my work has also been on permanent display at Michael O’hares Michelin stared restaurant “The Man Behind The Curtain” in Leeds. 

Exhibitions

Exhibitions 

2018 - Saul Hay Gallery - Manipulate - Manchester 

2018 – Fabrik Gallery – Hong Kong 

2018 - Biscuit Factory Spring Show – Newcastle

2017 Colour & I are one – Saul Hay Gallery – Manchester 

2017 – At a Glance - Kunsthuis Gallery– York 

2017 – Outdoor Sculpture – Elemental sculpture Park - Cotswold’s 

2017 - Cheeseburn Grange Sculpture Park – Newcastle 

2017 – Affordable Art Fair spring – Degree Art London – London 

2017 – Palm Springs Art Fair with Artspace Warehouse – Palm Springs 

2016 – corner of the universe – Artspace Warehouse – Los Angeles 

2016 – Affordable Art Fair with Degree Art London – Singapore 

2016 - Above the Clouds – Red House Originals – Harrogate 

2016 – Keji Denim – London Fashion week – Soho, London 

2016 – A sculptors’ use of 3d printing – University of Leeds 

2016 - Hampstead Affordable Art Fair – Caiger Art – London 

2016 - Cheeseburn Grange Sculpture Park – Newcastle 

2016 - Artists of the Future –Degree art – London 

2016 - Battersea Affordable Art Fair – Caiger Art – London 

2016 - Spring/Summer Exhibition – The Biscuit Factory - Newcastle 

2015 - Winter Exhibition - The Biscuit Factory - Newcastle 

2015 - Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition - Mount Pleasant Gardens – Cheshire 

2015 - Art of Construction - Sculpt Gallery - Essex 

2015 - Summer Exhibition - Sculpt Gallery - Essex 

2015 - Art in the Graden 

2015 - Sir Harold Hillier Gardens - Hampshire 

2015 - Walker Art Galleries - Harrogate 

2013 - Yorkshire Artist 5 – Munro House Gallery - Leeds 

2012 - A Sculpture for Corino - Turin - Italy 

2011 - Something about to happen - Skolska 28 - Prague 

2008 - Liverpool Biennial – Independents - Tate Liverpool 

2006 - Invigilate me! - Whitehall waterfront gallery Leeds 
2003 - Interface, Collect Gallery - Liverpool

Prizes & Awards 

2015 - Member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors
2003 - Shortlisted for young Welsh artist of the year (National Eisteddfod)
1998 - Art bursary to study in Italy Publications/Media
2016 - Living North Magazine – Featured artist - January Yorkshire Edition
2016 - Living North Magazine – Featured artist - December North East Edition
2012 - Ar y Marc blog BBC Wales (welsh)
2012 - Guest on Ar y Marc radio show BBC Wales (Welsh)
2003 - Pnawn da - S4C TV guest appearance (welsh)

Original works:

Zicatela

By Gareth Griffiths

£1100

Southbank

By Gareth Griffiths

£900

£1000

Parasol

By Gareth Griffiths

£1200

Anaheim

By Gareth Griffiths

£1200