I always find the idea of writing anything work-related quite tricky. I spend my days asglobal content manager for Winsor & Newton and Liquitex (as well as some other fine art brands), and within the company is Griffin Gallery, a contemporary art space exhibiting emerging and established artists. We get to do a whole lot of fun stuff but so far, I’ve been keeping strong barrier between work and play. I would never write about Griffin Gallery just for the hell of it; on Arts End of Nowhere and other blogging ventures, I have treated it as I would any other gallery and will continue to do so.
La la la, disclaimer done; I want to tell you about what happened last night!
Historically, Griffin Gallery has hosted meticulously-crafted concepts for exhibitions of small groups of niche artists. One example that will always stand out in my memory was Perfectionism, a show that celebrated London’s more obsessive artists striving for excellence in their craft. As the gallery has grown, it recognised a need to launch an initiative that opened itself up to all artists – and so the Griffin Gallery Open was born in 2015.
Not dissimilar to the idea of the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, which you can read all about here, 2,500 artists submitted their and eventually, 93 were chosen to compete for the Winsor & Newton Painting Prize, the Liquitex Acrylic Painting Prize and the Conte a Paris Drawing Prize. The all-star panel of artist Ian Davenport, Saatchi Gallery’s Nigel Hurst and Griffin Gallery’s Becca Pelly-Fry whittled it down and chose these three winners:
It’s a stunning, diverse panoply of art and as you’d expect with a concept like this, there’s something for everyone. Definitely one to head to when you’re in West London before August 21st! Here are my picks of the show, many of which were created with Winsor & Newton and Liquitex fine art materials:
Ayse Kucuk, Untitled, Acrylic on canvas
Beckie Reed, Ravaged, Acrylic on Canvas
Jun Ogata, Gokusui Miyabi, Acrylic on canvas
Rebecca Duquenoy, Seeking Resolution, Acrylic on canvas
Julie Moss, Restoring Order, oil on canvas
Tristram Aver, Violas, oil, acrylic, collage, and spray paint on canvas with MDF and LED neon (blue)
Griffin Gallery Open will run from July 22nd August 21st 2015 at Griffin Gallery, 21 Evesham Street, London, W11 4AJ.