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Carne Griffiths Interview


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When was the first moment you decided you wanted to be an artist?  

Initially when I was a kid, I realized through drawing you could combine the real with the imaginary, I think this triggered something that's always stayed with me.

Where do you find your inspiration?

In nature and the everyday - there are little moments of magic in the most boring of days - I like to transplant these moments into my paintings, to preserve them.

If you could work with another artist, who would it be? / who is your favorite artist?

I'd like to work with a good college friend of mine Dan Baldwin, we studied together and then spent a year in the studio developing our work further - sometimes collaborating but mainly just having fun with imagery, monoprinting, making rubber stamps, screenprinting... that was 20 years ago now... I'd like to see how our work would come together after all that time.

What has been the best moment in your career?

The solo exhibition 'Invisible Lines'  in Hong Kong with Coates and Scarry, great guys and the feeling of being somewhere else in the world because of artwork you have created is immense.

 What is your ideal day?


One where I paint all day.

Who is your role model?

Different artists and personalities for different reasons - but I respect the work ethic - I also respect raw creativity but often outsider artists would be a hard act to follow in terms of role models, I wouldn't want to emulate, maybe I'd fuse together Da Vinci with Henry Darger and make that my ultimate goal.

Why do you create art?

To make sense of the world around me and to meditate, the moments in the studio are magical times for me, they are important both spiritually as well as being a source of calm in my life.

What art do you most identify with?

I identify with art that is stripped back, that shows the bones of the work but that also has an intricacy and a meditative quality, anything that balances the visceral with the pensive fascinates me.


Where all the magic happens.

How has your art changed throughout your life?

I think my art is growing up as I am considering its place in my life, I have been painting for 5 years and although they have been productive I feel my work is in its infancy - it now needs to mature, it needs time to develop - that's where I am at right now.. in the studio - growing.

What is your dream project?

At the moment... to paint a body of work with no restraints.. sometimes even self imposed restraints impact the work you create - I have been planning a body of work for several months now - it is almost hard to embark on the work until everything else is in balance, so I am tidying up loose ends and preparing for a change of approach.. and it feels good.

What is the best piece of advice you have received?

Follow your own vision.

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