Gareth Griffiths' sculptures are influenced by West Coast architecture called “Googie”. The origin of Googie derives from a John Lautner designed coffee shop built in West Hollywood. This style of architecture was born after the Second World War and became more notable during the 50s and 60s as part of the Mid-Century modern style. Originally appearing in commercial buildings used primarily for restaurants, coffee shops, motels, gas stations and bowling alleys, architects at the time wanted to design buildings that stood out from others. His sculptures have been exhibited across the UK in galleries in Liverpool (Tate Gallery), Leeds, Cardiff, London, as well as Europe and America.
Gareth Griffiths' sculptures are colorful and eye catching. This one-of-a-kind original sculpture is 28" tall by 12" wide and 12" deep. The sculpture is created with welded steel and painted in a uniform matte yellow color. The base is the same color, and the sculpture is ready to be displayed. Free local Los Angeles delivery is available. $300 shipping within Continental US. Affordable worldwide shipping options available. A certificate of authenticity is included.
Gareth Griffiths is a Welsh Sculptor originally from North Wales. He studied sculpture at Bretton Hall College (University of Leeds) graduating in 2002, and subsequently went on to complete a Masters in Design from Leeds Metropolitan in 2004. Most recently Griffiths was elected as a member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors.
Features of Googie include upswept roofs, curvaceous, geometric shapes, and bold use of glass, steel and neon. Googie was also characterized by Space Age designs symbolic of motion, such as boomerangs, flying saucers, atoms and parabolas, and free-form designs such as "soft" parallelograms and an artist's palette motif. These stylistic conventions represented American’s fascination with Space Age themes and marketing emphasis on futuristic design. Architects employing the Googie style were able to create structures that looked more like works of art rather than simply functional buildings.
Internationally Griffiths has had work on exhibition in Prague, and was also shortlisted for a public sculpture in Corino in Turin, Italy. His work can be seen in private collections across Europe and America. Gareth’s work is currently on permanent display at Michael O’Hare’s Michelin starred restaurant “The Man Behind the Curtain” in Leeds.
2004 MA Design – Leeds Metropolitan University
1999-02 BA (hons) Fine Art Sculpture – Bretton Hall Collage (University Of Leeds)
Ongoing “Man behind the Curtain” restaurant, Leeds, UK
2016 Above the Clouds, Red House Originals, Harrogate, UK
2016 Keji Denim, London Fashion week, Soho, London, UK
2016 A sculptors’ use of 3d printing, University of Leeds, UK
2016 Hampstead Affordable Art Fair, Caiger Art,London, UK
2016 Cheeseburn Sculpture Park, Newcastle, UK
2016 Artists of the Future, Degree art, London, UK
2016 Battersea Affordable Art Fair – Caiger Art, London, UK
2016 Spring/Summer Exhibition – The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle, UK
2015 Winter Exhibition – The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle, UK
2015 Annual outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Mount Pleasant Gardens Cheshire, UK
2015 Art of Construction - Sculpt Gallery, Essex, UK
2015 Summer Exhibition - Sculpt Gallery, Essex, UK
2015 Sculpture Garden - Tarpey Gallery, Donnington, UK
2015 Art in the Graden 2015, Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Hampshire, UK
2015 The Sculpture Garden, Birtley House, Surrey, UK
2015 Walker Art Galleries, Harrogate, UK
2013 Yorkshire Artist 5, Munro House Gallery, Leeds, UK
2012 A Sculpture for Corino, Turin, Italy
2011 Something about to happen, Skolska 28, Prague, Czeck Republic
2008 Liverpool Biennial – Independents, Tate Liverpool
2006 Invigilate me!, Whitehall waterfront gallery, Leeds, UK
2003 Interface, Collect Gallery, Liverpool
1998 Bursary Exhibition, Pietrasanta (Italy) & Wrexham (Wales)
2011 Mosaic – Manchester United’s dressing room
2007 Painting – Countess of Chester A&E department
2015 Member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors
2003 Shortlisted for young Welsh artist of the year (National Eisteddfod)
1998 Art bursary to go to Italy
2016 Living North Magazine – Featured artist - January Yorkshire Edition
2016 Living North Magazine – Featured artist - January North East Edition
2012 Ar y Marc blog BBC Wales (welsh)
2012 Guest on Ar y Marc radio show BBC Wales (Welsh)
2003 Pnawn da – S4C TV guest appearance (Welsh)
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Signature: This artwork is signed, titled, and dated on the underside of the base.