DIG: William Griffiths

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William Griffiths
Dennis Tourbin Members Gallery at NAC
Opening Reception Saturday 18 June at 7PM
On display until Friday 8 July 2016

 

Artist Statement 
My art straddles two worlds: photography and painting. My inspiration, consciously or subconsciously, comes from the environment, and the allure found within. I am intrigued by the beauty in the natural world (landscapes, trees, rocks), as well as the beauty in man’s manufactured masses (metal, deteriorating structures, forgotten dwellings). I photograph overlooked objects, and use them as inspiration for abstract work. I strive to recreate the moment, and express what I see. 

I use unorthodox materials, and experiment with different mediums to emulate the surfaces I see. I am constantly challenging myself, and inventing new ways to relate what I see. I search for methods outside the norm to express myself. I take the medium into unfamiliar practices, and push it to create a new language for itself. Colour, texture and depth are the tools I use to bridge unconventional and traditional acts of painting. By merging abstract and representational methods, I work to create mood and beauty through transformation, similar to nature’s regeneration and structural decay. Leaving myself open to chance and mistakes gives way to new ideas, and this creative process is most important to me, regardless of the work’s final outcome. 

William Griffiths
William was born and raised in St. Catharines, and he currently lives in Niagara Falls. Although he is a graduate of Sheridan College, in the Illustration program, he is a self-taught painter, and photographer. His work has been showcased in solo and group exhibitions, in Toronto, Montreal, Kelowna, San Francisco, and Madrid. He has also participated in several International Art Fairs. His work displays prominently in private and corporate collections.