Pamela Griffith

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My artwork is diverse in subject matter, medium and technique. Drawing is central to all my work because, as a printmaker and painter, I need to compose and plan carefully to produce works on canvas and on paper. Almost exclusively, I work toward understanding why we are here and what we are doing to the environment. I seek to hold a mirror to Australia and to produce iconic images that can be useful in defining white settlement since 1788.

Pamela Griffith attended the National Art School, formerly East Sydney Technical College, where she studied life painting and etching, and Sydney Teachers College, obtaining a NSW Department of Education Teacher’s Certificate to become a secondary teacher. She subsequently obtained a Bachelor of Art Education from Sydney College of Advanced Education and taught in colleges of advanced education, technical colleges, art societies and privately throughout her career.

In 1976, she established Griffith Studio and Graphic Workshop, publishing over 700 print editions for more than thirty artists.

Pamela has had over 70 solo exhibitions in Australia and abroad, including regional gallery shows at Lord Howe Island; Bundaberg Regional Gallery; Perc Tucker Gallery, Townsville; Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre and Wollongong City Gallery.

Among her many commissions are two decorative commemorative fabrics, The Bicentennial Toile and The Macquarie Toile, under patronage of The Royal Australian Historical Society (1988) and, in 1994, she created The Mary MacKillop Toile, a decorative commemorative fabric depicting the life of Sister Mary Mackillop. She designed the Resonances of Inspiration sculpture, commissioned and crafted by the Creative Embroiderers of the Penrith Valley, as an Australian Centenary of Federation Project in 2001and produced an etching edition for The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinetfor APEC in 2007, as well as a series of watercolours for NSW State Drivers Licences. Her commissioned portraits include images of Sir William Deane, Cardinal George Pell, Bishop Kevin Manning, Dame Joan Sutherland, Richard Bonynge and Elena Kats Chernin.

She is the author of The Roadmakers: A History of Main Roads in NSW, published in 1976, and Australia: An Artist’s Journey Through the Landscape, published by International Artist Press in 2003.

Her work is represented in public, corporate and private collections in Australia and internationally, including the Australian National Gallery, Canberra; the National Library, Canberra; the NSW State library, Sydney; the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney and State and regional galleries throughout Australia.

Elected a member of the Australian Watercolour Institute in 2017, Pamela Griffith is a Fellow of the Royal Society of NSW, an Associate of the Royal Art Society of NSW, a member of the La Perouse Museum Society and a life member of the Royal Zoological Society of South Australia.

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