Carne Griffiths Artist Biography
Carne Griffiths' artwork is born from a love of drawing and the journey of creating an image on the page. Working primarily with calligraphy ink, graphite and liquids, such as tea, brandy, vodka and whisky, he draws and then manipulates the drawn line into flowing organic patterns.Originally from Liverpool, Griffiths graduated from Kent Institute of Art and Design in Maidstone in 1995. On moving to London he undertook an apprenticeship as a gold wire embroidery designer which led to a successful 12 year career producing elaborate hand drawn embroidery designs for a range of prestigious clients, including HRH the Prince of Wales, The Sultan of Oman, Ralph Lauren, Tom Ford, Asprey, Chanel, Burberry, as well as many of London's Savile Row tailors. Carne's images explore both human and floral forms, figuratively and in an abstract sense. He is fascinated by the flow of line and the 'invisible lines' that connect us to the natural world. These may be considered lines of energy or spiritual connections between ourselves and our surroundings, and his work is often an emotional response to images and situations encountered in daily life.These daily images are recorded in a dream like sense onto the page where physical boundaries are no longer important. Carne's work takes us on a journey of escapism, often focusing on scenes of awe and wonderment. His delicate drawings offer a sense of abandonment to the artist, and to the viewer an invitation to share and explore this inner realm. Griffiths works primarily with calligraphy inks, graphite and less conventional art liquids, such as tea, brandy and vodka. Since establishing his own studio in 2010, Carne has exhibited in the UK at the London Original Print Fair at the Royal Academy and at the London Art Fair in both 2011 and 2012, and overseas at Urban in Ibiza in 2011 and Arts After Dark, New Orleans in 2010. Carne has recently completed a collaboration with the British photogrpher Rankin for a feature in the 2nd edition of Hunger Magazine.