Carne Griffiths British, b. 1973
Working primarily with calligraphy inks, graphite and liquids, such as tea, Griffiths’ fascination with drawing focuses on the creation and manipulation of the drawn line. Images explore human, geometric and floral forms, in a combination of both literal and abstract translation and in response to images and situations encountered in daily life. Images are recorded in a dreamlike sense onto the page where physical boundaries are unimportant. His work creates 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.
Originally from Liverpool, Griffiths graduated from the Kent Institute of Art and Design in Maidstone in 1995. After completing a one-year KIAD fellowship and moving to London he served an apprenticeship at the longest-established gold wire embroidery firm in the world. Here he worked as a gold wire embroidery designer for twelve years, eventually becoming the creative director. Carne produced intricate designs for the military and the film, theatre, fashion and advertising industries. His designs were used for the uniforms in the films Valkyrie, The Last King of Scotland, and in particular his ‘Red Death Coat’ was used in The Phantom of the Opera. Carne’s elaborate floral designs for Asprey were included in their first ever catwalk collection and his work was featured on the embroidered cover of the 80th Royal Variety Performance programme in 2008.
Since establishing his own studio in 2010, Carne has exhibited in the UK and overseas with wok shown at the London Original Print Fair, the Royal Academy, Stroke Art Fair, Affordable Art Fair, the London Art Fair and with solo Exhibitions in Brighton, Hong Kong, Milan and an upcoming show in Hamburg. Carne’s illustration work has seen him collaborate with the British photographer Rankin for a 6 page feature in Hunger magazine as well as featuring in publications worldwide, notably for several covers of the New York Observer, English Heritage magazine and for Brand projects including work for Microsoft, Derwent, Peroni, Lakes Distiller and Ibis Hotels.
Astral ProjectionPrinted on 310gsm Hahnemuhle German Etching Paper with hand torn edges19 3/4 x 27 1/2 in
50 x 70 cmCarne GriffithsEdition of 12Carne Griffiths, Astral Projection£ 330.00
Flourishing, 2020Ink and tea with acrylic on 535gsm Bockingford watercolour paper86 x 66 cmCarne GriffithsCarne Griffiths, Flourishing, 2020£ 4,000.00
OvercomeThis giclee print created on 330gsm Hahnemuhle German Etching Paper with hand torn edges
19 3/4 x 27 1/2 in
50 x 70 cmCarne GriffithsEdition of 15Carne Griffiths, Overcome£ 250.00
Pride, 2017Ink and tea with acrylic and gold leaf on 535gsm Bockingford watercolour paper23 5/8 x 14 1/8 in
60 x 36 cmCarne GriffithsCarne Griffiths, Pride, 2017£ 2,000.00
Scales Fell From My Eyes, 2017Ink vodka and embroidery on Bockingford watercolour paper70 x 50 cmCarne GriffithsCarne Griffiths, Scales Fell From My Eyes, 2017£ 4,000.00
The Companion, 2020Ink, tea and alcohol on 535gsm watercolour paper with hand torn edges, conservation framed with anti reflective and UV protective glass in a white wooden box frame.86 x 66 cmCarne GriffithsCarne Griffiths, The Companion, 2020£ 4,000.00
The Meadow, 2020Ink, tea and alcohol with 24 carat goldleaf detail and Swarowski crystals on 535gsm Bockingford watercolour paper with hand torn edges, conservation framed with anti reflective and UV protective glass in a white wooden box frame.70 x 50 cmCarne GriffithsCarne Griffiths, The Meadow, 2020£ 4,000.00
The Tiger Encounter, 2017Printed on 310gsm Hahnemuhle German Etching Paper with hand torn edges50 x 70 cmCarne GriffithsEdition of 12Carne Griffiths, The Tiger Encounter, 2017£ 330.00