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Michèle Griffiths

Michèle Griffiths

“I aim to engage the viewer in slow looking.”

Now based in Hampshire, Michèle Griffiths was born and trained in London. Initially persuaded to pursue an academic career, she studied Modern and Medieval Languages at Cambridge University. However, she had always felt that Art was her true vocation and she subsequently took a BA Hons degree in Fine Art Painting from Wimbledon School of Art. With eminent tutors like Prunella Clough she learned to develop her own unique voice as an abstract artist.

The art critic Nicholas Usherwood describes her work as:
“Meditations on surface and depth, illusion and reality, their painterly touch and mark synonymous with their mood of contemplative stillness.”

The use of plaster of Paris applied to a wood panel, serves as the ground for works that are then scored and scuffed, painted and overpainted, so that they are like walls bearing the patina of age. “They are metaphors for our lives that are marked and ‘scarred’ in so many ways. Some experiences are obliterated by forgetting/by overpainting; some are never forgotten and remain present. Some “show through”. The task is to extricate from the apparent chaos and pain some kind of meaningful order – and find beauty.”

Michèle Griffiths has painted professionally for nearly 30 years and has gained considerable recognition during her career. She had a major solo exhibition at Chichester Cathedral in 2021 (20 paintings) and undertook a commission of 11 large paintings for P&O in 2015, for the flagship cruise liner Britannia. Her works have been selected for Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions, The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries and the Florence Biennale 2019. Recently, she was selected to participate in an International group show in Venice (February 2023.)

Michèle has exhibited extensively and her works are held in private collections worldwide. She was a gallery artist at The Stour Gallery 2002-2017 and is currently represented by Kevis House Gallery, Petworth, and Nicholas Bowlby Gallery (Art Fairs and pop-up exhibitions in London.)