DREW GRIFFITHS, BORN IN 1978
Born in February between snowstorms, Drew decided early on that he would rather stay indoors and make art. However, his love of books quickly turned into a desire to write. Taking early inspiration from comics and their blend of intense colors to amp up the story’s emotional content, he also began working in the visual arts. Inspired by a wide range of literary influences, including Toni Morrison, Raymond Carver, and Haruki Murakami, while immersing himself into the world of Warhol, Jasper Johns, Motherwell, and Kandinsky, he simultaneously started developing his visual style. He wrote his first novellas while obtaining a BFA.
During his initial experimental period, he began furiously experimenting with visual arts and painting using wax to create unique textures by modifying the traditional method of encaustics, including setting his first paintings on fire to deepen the textures. As his style continued to develop over the ensuing years, he explored how to communicate visually through texture, color, and shadow. He began adding additional elements like tape, string, and tile to push the boundaries between painting and sculpture. In the last two years, hunkered down in the studio, Drew wanted to go further into what a “canvas” could contain. He began bending, shaping, tearing, and building texture with paper. The balance of this bold but delicate structure evokes a strong emotional connection with the audience and forces them to explore and contemplate each surface.
Drew Griffiths is an abstract painter whose work has been shown in New York, Rhode Island, and New Jersey and is in private collections.
Art Fair 14C, Jersey City, Nov 2022
The Other Art Fair LA, Sept 2022
NJ Noyes Gallery- Karmer Hall, Hammonton, 2022
Snapdragon Gallery, Jersey City, NJ, 2021
Alfa Art Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ, 2021
Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton NJ, 2020 (Covid Suspended)
Arts Garage, Atlantic City, NJ, 2020