Meet Michael Griffin!
I met Michael Griffin through a mutual friend at our last year's Christmas Party at our gallery. I was fascinated by his view of art, how he used traditional techniques and his love for MichaelAngelo, who is a genius in Darrin and I's eyes.
A few months later in the new year, I approached Michael to see if he'd be interested in displaying his art at Katami Designs Gallery. I was super happy that he said yes to this joint venture as I knew I'd be brining a fantastic talent to our gallery.
This is Michael with Amanda Ross, Editor of Vancouver Magazine at our 1st year Anniversary Event.
Michael's artistic exploration first led him to Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where he focused his studies on Figure Drawing and Anatomy as well as apprenticing as a sculptor. His post-graduate studies have included classes at the Elizabet Ney museum in Austin, TX and drawing classes with a figure drawing society at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, where he set up a painting studio. His wide ranging artistic interests led him from portrait painting and sculpture, to mural work and trompe l’oeil.
This is one of his early pieces of art called 'Awaiting the Return'. It is one of my favourites that he has created. Every piece has such deep meanings that they shake your soul to the core and make you think and re-evaluate your priorities in life. At least that's what they have made me do and I am extremely grateful for it!
Concurrent to his artistic career, a strong desire to serve others led him to spend time in the Army reserves training as a medic and finally become a career firefighter. Working in the community for the safety and well-being of others brought him a new perspective on the world. Through art, Michael explores the human condition, the duality of lightness and darkness, personal conviction and the strength to overcome internal and external adversity.
This piece 'For the Fallen' is an incredibly powerful piece. It is sold and will move to its new home in a few weeks.
Michael loves the romance and delicate touch of pre-raphaelites like Waterhouse and Leighton, the dramatic flare of Caravaggio and the strength and mastery of painters like John Singer Sargent. Michael says "When I do work of my own, I try to take certain qualities that I admire from these artists and let those influence my style. With these techniques learned from the masters, I strive to say new things with an old language."
'The Three Fates', based on the Greek mythology. This painting was sold on the easel on display at the opening night. Michael removed it from the gallery to complete and send to the new owner. Again, another piece that brought soul searching for me as I am not a religious person.
Michael's portraits and paintings are found in private collections in the United States, Canada and Europe. His work has been shown in galleries, including his most recent solo exhibition Decadent Relevance at Havana Gallery in Vancouver, BC. Michael frequently uses his art as a way to participate in community events and support good causes.
I will have Michael's art on display for a few weeks. I strongly recommend you visiting his show at Katami Designs Gallery at 138 E. Broadway in Vancouver, BC.
Michael also does commission work but give him some time as he is going to be a father very soon!
You can contact Michael through his website here or contact Katami Designs Studio & Gallery for booking an appointment. (604)559-3872
Art photos are courtesy of Michael Griffin Arts