P e t e r G r i f f e n
I believe to make discoveries risks must be taken. The traveller must get lost.
A well-planned journey can only lead to an already known destination. At some stage, the painting must go out of control. From chaos the universe was formed. The artist enters chaos and, by searching, synthesising and simplifying, new images are discovered — images that are potent and speak from the past.
Born in Adelaide, Peter Griffen obtained an Advanced Diploma in Maths and Art, in 1972, from Sturt C.A.E, South Australia, and subsequently obtained a Diploma in Postgraduate Studies from City Art Institute, Sydney, in 1986.
Throughout a painting career that spans almost 50 years, Griffen has travelled extensively and had numerous solo exhibitions in Australia and abroad, including eight in France, five in London and one in New Zealand.
In addition to his many commissions, Griffen has been selected as a finalist in several prizes, among which are the Blake, Sulman, Dobell, Muswellbrook, Fishers Ghost and Fleurieu prizes, having garnered first prize in Muswellbrook in 2011.He is currently President of the Glebe Art Show.
His work is represented in public, corporate and private collections in Australia and internationally, including Orange Regional Gallery, NSW; Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, NSW; New England Regional Art Museum, NSW; Muswellbrook Regional Art Centre, Massachusetts, USA; NSW Treasury Corporation; Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW and the Department of Transport, Canberra, ACT.
Griffen’s book, In and Out of Abstraction, published by La Fabrique and sponsored by Derivan, features a large range of his exploratory paintings accompanied by his comments and philosophies.
As an art educator, he is presently teaching a series of workshops in association with the Art Gallery of NSW and has tutored in Birdsville, where he was filmed by ABC TV for the ‘Landline’ program. For the last five years, he has taught a workshop in Arkaroola, South Australia.
Elected a member of the Australian watercolour Institute in 2014, Peter Griffen lives and works in Sydney.