For Carne’s first solo exhibition in Dubai, opening this November at the Capital Club with West Contemporary, the artist presents a series of works on paper and canvas simply entitled ‘Flight’. Known for his use of unusual materials, Carne has explored further the use of different teas blended with bright colourful calligraphy inks to produce delicate portraits which reflect on the essence of what it is to fly. Whether looking at freedom of thought or the ability to harbour the wind and balance delicately with nature’s forces, this collection of work on paper and canvas explores the artists own relationship with nature and inherent love of portraiture.
The exhibition presents 8 works created exclusively for the Dubai Exhibition alongside a body of work created this year in the studio which sees Carne exploring larger works on linen, transferring the delicate fountain pen lines of his works on paper into more assertive and expressive brush strokes.
For more information about the exhibition and to find out more about the full collection please visit the artists page.
Carne Griffiths’ artwork is born from a love of drawing and the journey of creating an image on the page. Working primarily with calligraphy ink, graphite and liquids, such as tea brandy, vodka and whisky he draws and then manipulates the drawn line. After graduating from Maidstone college of art Carne served an apprenticeship and worked as a gold wire embroidery designer for 12 years, hence floral pattern, repetition and flow play a large part in his work.
Carne’s images explore both human and floral forms, figuratively and in an abstract sense. He is fascinated by the flow of line and the ‘invisible lines’ that connect us to the natural world. These may be considered lines of energy or spiritual connections between ourselves and our surroundings and his work is often an emotional response to images and situations encountered in daily life. These daily images are recorded in a dream like sense onto the page where physical boundaries are no longer important. Carne’s work takes us on a journey of escapism, often focusing on scenes of awe and wonderment, they offer a sense of abandonment to the artist and to the viewer an invitation to share and explore this inner realm.
Carne Griffiths: website