Christopher Griffin - Ground Rules
SOPA FINE ARTS
Tues – Sat 11– 5 Sun – 12 – 4
Sopa Fine Arts unveils Christopher Griffin's solo exhibition
‘Ground Rules' August 2 - 28 2007.
August 2, 2007 - Kelowna, BC - Christopher Griffin is inspired by ancient artwork on cave walls and by children's art. The confidence, immediacy and lack of pretense which these works embody, greatly appeals to this Ottawa artist.
Griffin's paintings are seemingly childlike markings with random colors and layers. From these scribbles, emerge primitive animal images that demonstrate Griffin’s less restrained, unique painting style. With this signature loose, gestural technique, Griffin creates random compositions where past, future, present, reality and fiction all merge and offer no obvious clue as to when and where there are derived from.
Griffin's newest work focuses on form, giving importance to common, non-descript animals which represent a pure, innocent and spiritual presence; while his is backgrounds are often filled with visual noise, mirroring our hectic, and image laden society.
With a less excessive use of paint; Griffin still manipulates it enough to give it the tactile quality that is commonplace in his work. Some areas of his canvases are two dimensional; with just a hint of color, while others show multiple complex layers that draw the viewer to want to touch the surface of the paint. What makes Griffin's work so appealing is how he explores every possibility of painting; from the repetitious brush stoke areas to his chaotic gestures, to careful dissections of the canvases with brilliant saturated coloring.
“Christopher Griffin's artwork is always a visual indulgence, a treat for the senses, and this show is no exception.”
For more information please contact the gallery or online at www.sopafinearts.com