(Dallas, TX) Ro2 Art is pleased to present Connection, a solo exhibition by artist TJ Griffin. The show will run from January 20 – February 10, 2018. There will be an opening reception held Saturday, January 20, from 7-10 p.m. at Ro2 Art’s Downtown Pop-Up, located at 1508 Commerce Street, Dallas, TX 75201.
TJ Griffin’s artwork from his upcoming show Connection, is a continuation of his recently published illustrated poetry book Existence. His current work walks a thin line between Expressionism, Illustration, and contemporary figure painting. Emotions run deep through the eyes and expressions of his figures, with a striped nose symbolizing the metaphorical mask we wear in our everyday lives. The figures become portraits of our emotional state of mind; the colors are electric, painted with a loose brush and rendered with simplicity. His work has a push and pull of depth, with patterns moving in and out of figures into backgrounds. Alive with emotion, his work begs you to enter this otherworldly place.
“My artwork is an examination of my imagination, given life from the most simplistic form of motion. My inspiration comes from my experiences in life. This current body of work is a continuation of my book Existence. Further exploring the ideas of life, love, death, and psychology. Focusing on empathy, connection, and our lack of understanding of existence. As I make my way through the day I cannot help but feel the emotions of others. An expression in someone’s face, combined with the smell and sound of the winds blowing by, stick with me becoming more vivid and bright as it forms in my memory. This combination of senses is best expressed in the visual form. I see my characters as being from another world or parallel universe. Obscure proportions, big bold eyes, and a stripe for a nose. They are not quite human but still familiar. They are more than portraits of a person; they are portraits of feelings and emotions. They are the translation of my experiences filtered through my imagination. I use a stripe on the face as a metaphor for the psychological masks people wear everyday. I feel the masks we all wear inhibit connection and if we could remove these masks our connections would burn brighter. My focus is to grow and explore this universe that exists in my mind.
I constantly sketch out ideas. Through a combination of processes, I give life to my visions. Letting go of control and allowing for chance creates a skeleton for my mind to build upon. From here I render out the shapes and forms allowing my imagination to take control. Intention and chance collide to form my artwork.”
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Originally from the small town of Union City Oklahoma, T.J. Griffin moved to the Dallas area in 2004. His work has been shown since 2007. In 2008 he received the Awards to Artist DeGolyer grant from the Dallas Museum of Art. He graduated with his Bachelor in Art and Performance from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2008. While continuing to show in the Dallas area, through organizations such as the Nomad Arts Group, T.J. continued on to receive his MFA in 2010. T.J. had his first solo show in 2010 at the University of Texas at Dallas. In 2011, He. has been accepted into numerous juried shows, including The Rising Eyes of Texas in Rockport Texas where he received the second place award. His work was accepted into the 2011 juried art expo at 500x gallery in Dallas, Texas. His work was accepted into the 2011 annual No Dead Artist exhibit, a national juried show with Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans, LA. His work was featured in three group shows with RO2 Arts in 2011. In 2010 T.J. began working toward his Phd in Aesthetic studies at the University of Texas Dallas. Through his studies he has begun doing research on identity, superheroes, and masks.
ABOUT Ro2 Art:
Mother-and-son partners Susan Roth Romans and Jordan Roth operate Ro2 Art, a contemporary fine art gallery located in The Cedars Neighborhood near Downtown Dallas. Since 2010, Ro2 Art has represented a diverse group of emerging, mid-career, and established contemporary artists – many with ties to the North Texas Region. The gallery regularly collaborates with organizations such as The MAC and Downtown Dallas, Inc., in addition to maintaining an exhibition program within the Magnolia Theatre at West Village and other satellite venues. Ro2 Art has been named Dallas Observer's Best Art Gallery and was presented with the 2012 Obelisk Award for small business by the North Texas Business Council for the Arts. Ro2 Art is a proud member of CADD (Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas) and has exhibited at The Dallas Art Fair for four years. Most recently, Ro2 Art participated in Art Aspen 2017.
All works will be on view January 20, 2018 - February 10, 2018. Please join us for the opening reception Saturday, January 20, 7-10pm at the Ro2 Art Downtown Pop-Up, located at 1508 Commerce Street, Dallas, Texas 75201. For more information, visit www.Ro2art.com, or call Jordan Roth at (214) 803-9575.