Griffiths trained in sculpture at Norwich School of Art, but prior to this he forged a career as a blacksmith, learning traditional methods and techniques which he now uses to create his extraordinary animal and figurative sculptures out of a variety of metals. With skills in both fine-art and century old crafts, Griffiths’ sculptures share a common thread with folk art, reflecting a simple joy in the natural world with exquisitely technical constructions perfectly camouflaged in the wild. Influenced by a wide range of artists from the woodcuts of Albrecht Dürer to the carvings of Ana Maria Pacheco and Gehard Demetz, Griffiths admires the ability they have to communicate ideas and emotions through their skill and craftsmanship in their chosen medium.
Speaking of his own creations Griffiths has said, ‘Working in metal has a physicality and drama which I try to pass on to the work, capturing something of the fire, heat and energy that goes into their making and fixing it for perpetuity. It is that act of transformation, bringing base metal to life that I am always seeking to achieve.’ Griffiths’ intricate sculptural forms embody the soul and vitality of the animal kingdom and its enduring tie to humankind, our history and culture.
Proud Chelsea will showcase an exclusive collection of visceral sculptures which embody the captivating and enchanting elements of the natural world and celebrate the remarkable skill and craftsmanship of Griffiths.