Artist Huw Griffith
Huw Griffith trained at Camberwell School of Art. After an apprenticeship as a fine art framer, Griffith began his career working in the picture department of Phillips Auctioneers (writing condition reports). This proved to be a free education in everything from old masters to contemporary art. https://www.phillips.com/
The artist’s artist, he takes inspiration from found objects – such as old letters, ephemera and frames – picked up on his travels and from trawling antiques fairs. He is intensely instinctive by nature and shows scant regard for creative constraints and any artistic rulebook, preferring the peripheries of the art world and the traditional marketplace – he started off selling his work on the street and has worked his way up from there. The son of the late actor, Kenneth Griffith, his aesthetic has one foot in the historical past, and the other in Outsider Art. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenneth_Griffith
Artistry runs in the blood on both sides of his family. Down the maternal line, Griffith is a direct descendent of the showman William Hagar, a pioneer of British cinema who ‘followed the coal’, bringing handmade films to audiences who had never before seen a moving image. As a nod to his silver screen heritage, Griffith sources vintage film posters for their early colours and primitive images.
Known for décollage abstracts, textile mirrors and works on glass, Griffith takes inspiration from Mimmo Rotella, David Hockney and William Blake. Griffith feels the scope of collage has been overlooked; it allows him to ‘paint with paper’, balancing form, tone and texture. His work sits alongside that of Kurt Schwitters and Raymond Hains. He has had a solo show at All Saints Gallery (London), and collections at Paul Smith and Anthropologie. His textile mirrors have been featured in the World of Interiors, How to Spend It Magazine, Observer Magazine and Vogue.
His artwork has found a home on the walls of all creatures great and small depending on your point of view, including Taylor Swift, The Hospital Club, Chiltern Firehouse, Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay, Emma Watson and Bryan Ferry.
Griffith is Interiors Editor for PORT Magazine and has written articles for World of Interiors. He recently became a dad and considers his son to be his greatest artwork to date.
Griffith finds beauty in imperfections, prefers simplicity over complexity, draws inspiration from nature & abides by the principle, “Knock off the bits you don’t want, and leave the bits you do.”
You can view and buy artwork by Huw Griffith on InteriorBoutiques.com and you can usually find his artwork on show at The Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair which is held three times a year in Battersea Park, London.
Abstract Collage by Huw Griffith
Collage on board; 1940s Spanish film posters and 19th Century French papers. Griffith depicts the passage of time by layering his materials – fragile ephemera marked by age. His work has echoes of archival art and Mimmo Rotella; rare documents, advertisements and cinema posters are taken apart, original images are hidden and context is lost. The emerging image is built out of the remnants, creating a bold, unconventional aesthetic from vestiges of the past. Griffith describes his technique as the art of painting with paper, a practice he feels has been largely overlooked.