Griffa’s minimalist approach reduces painting to its essential elements: raw canvas, colour and brushstrokes. Griffa believes in the ‘intelligence of painting’, creating with what he calls ‘passive concentration’. Carefully following material behaviours as they play out on the canvas, he allows the instruments of painting to lead as the work’s protagonists: the type or width of brush, the colour or dilution of paint used, the properties of the canvas, whether linen, cotton, hemp or jute.
Often working directly onto canvas laid out on the studio floor, Griffa’s rhythmic, formal gestures soak into the unprimed, unstretched material, reflecting on painting as a performative, time-based process.
This exhibition will be Griffa's first solo presentation in the UK, providing a rare opportunity to discover the breadth of the artist’s practice with works from the 1960s through to today.
Giorgio Griffa (b. 1936) lives and works in Turin, Italy. Recent solo exhibitions include: Giorgio Griffa: The 1970s, Casey Kaplan, New York, USA (2016); Works on Paper, Fondazione Giuliani, Rome, Italy (2016); Giorgio Griffa, Fondation Vincent Van Gogh Arles, Arles, France (2016); Quasi Tutto, Serralves Museum, Porto, Portugal (2015); Painting into the Fold, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway (2015); and A Retrospective 1968 – 2014, Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Geneva, Switzerland (2015). Griffa is currently exhibiting at the Venice Biennale 57th International Art Exhibition, Viva Arte Viva, which is his third time at the Biennale following presentations in 1978 and 1980.