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I like tea, I like vodka, I like… Carne Griffiths

I know that this blog is a major reflection of my personal taste in art. I’m okay with that. Besides, I have good taste! I use social media to search for amazing images that move me, and that’s how I came across Carne Griffiths. I have been a fan of his Facebook page for some time, and I recently paid a visit to his web page where I purchased a stunning triptych of postcards which will, no doubt, get famed and hung in my home. I’m so taken with his work that I bought a set (as well as an accompanying bottle of Honey JD) for my friend Jenny, as a Thank-you for having me as a house guest for a week.

Immortal, Mortal, Eleven. Triptych postcards

Not only is Carne’s art wonderfully detailed, but his chosen medium is pretty cool too. He uses calligraphy ink, tea, brandy and vodka  in his portraits and sketches; with stunning results. His subject matter is largely figurative, creating “a journey of escapism which focuses on scenes of awe and wonder, projecting a sense of abandonment and inviting the viewer to share and explore this inner realm.” , these are surrounded by large areas of beautiful botanical embellishments, drips and layers of ink, tea and alcohol.

Strength, Giclee Print 16″ x 23″ Limited Edition of 50, 2010

Carne has some impressive accomplishments under his belt; including having his embroidery designs used in films such as Valkyrie, The Last King of Scotland, and The Phantom of the Opera. Asprey included his work in their first ever catwalk show, and one of his designs was featured on the cover of the 80th Royal Variety Performance programme in 2008.  Since opening his own studio in 2010, he has shown work at a number of different exhibitions such as the London Original Print Fair at the Royal Academy, in 2011 and 12 at the London Art Fair, Urban in Ibiza in 2011 and Arts After Dark, New Orleans, 2011. In early 2012 he collaborated with British photographer Rankin for a feature in the 2nd edition of Hunger Magazine. Carne also has a solo exhibition coming up in the Ashdown Gallery, Sussex, UK from 22 February to 31 March 2013. More details here.

All images are courtesy of Carne Griffiths and link directly back to his Facebook page, or website.


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This entry was posted on February 17, 2013 by in Art, Curatorial Practice, Drawing, Painting, Print, Sketching and tagged , , , , , , , , , .
Vicki Clough

Vicki Clough

Vicki is an independent curator and craftsperson with a focus on socially engaged and participatory art and events. In January 2016 she helped launch Reconstructing Resilience, a research and curatorial project that explored various forms of sustainable practice. As a freelance curator she has worked with the Riverdale Hub, Myseum of Totonto/Art Spin and was the Curatorial Director of Figment Toronto from 2014 to 2017. She has also co-curated exhibitions including JAYU's iAM photography project (2016 & 2017), Move to Stillness, for the Harbourfront Centre's Kick Up Your Heels Festival (2015), The Duel, AGO First Thursdays (2014), and What Are You Made Of? OCAD U Graduate Gallery (2013). She initiated the Toronto based workshop model and website Polymers in Action: Socially Engaged Art and the Environment as part of her studies at OCAD University, where she obtained her Master of Fine Arts degree in Criticism and Curatorial Practice. She publishes on anything that interests her deeply and moves her to the point of lengthy verbal expression.

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