2021 – Peter Griffen. Abstract Variations – the Figure, Still Life and Others.

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Deposit for Art Workshop with Artist Peter Griffen $211.43 (AUD)  

  • April 7, 2021 - April 11, 2021
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Peter Griffen, New South Wales. Acrylics.

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To begin, with the aid of demonstrations, non-representative images will be made allowing a sense of freedom to develop. And then in reference to the figure, still life, and other images, photographs etc., distortion will be encouraged. This could involve taking a line for a walk, using the imagination, taking risks and employing expressive use of colour.  A number of techniques will be demonstrated; drawing, acrylic painting, collaging, glazing, splashing, dripping, scraping and so on. Cartridge paper, canvases or boards may be used. You will be working on many pieces at once, they could vary in colour, size and speed of development. Theatrical expressionism, glowing impressionism or peaceful slowly worked paintings could all be explored – be prepared to be creative, extend your artworks outside the square, and be challenged – what you achieve will be exciting, whilst having fun. Open to all comers 18 years and over The models’ fee will be included on the requirement list.

Day 1……. Take a line for a walk, enter the world of abstraction, nonrepresentation, using many techniques, painting, drawing, collaging, etc. working on many paintings at once. These free form approaches will be used over the following days

Day 2……From the life model paintings and drawings will be made in the morning. These will be the source for abstractions and distortions in the afternoon.

Day 3……Using still life objects studies will be made and abstractions developed.

Day 4……A life model in the morning once again being the source of abstractions or detailed studies if wished.

Day 5……Completion of works started. Also Photographs of any subject may be worked from if wished. The continued emphasis on distortion and expressive colour will be made.

Peter Griffen is a full time Sydney based artist and has been painting for more than forty years, during which time he has traveled extensively and has had numerous exhibitions throughout Australia and overseas including eight in France, five in London, one in New York and one in New Zealand. He enjoys painting outdoors but the bulk of his time is spent in the studio creating abstract images derived mainly from the landscape. Typical of his work is its playful dynamic quality and the strong use of colour.  His academic qualifications in education are clearly evident in his teaching style and his experience in tutoring workshops is quite extensive. He is currently involved in tutoring a series of workshops in association with the Art Gallery of NSW and when he tutored in Birdsville, he was filmed by ABCTV for the “Landline” program. There is a link to this on www.petergriffen.com. Peter has been selected as a finalist in several prizes including the Blake, Sulman, Dobell, Muswellbrook, Fishers Ghost and Fleurieu prizes. He has had many commissions and is represented in many private, corporate and public collections. He is well respected as a judge of art prizes.

His 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. Peter has been in many exhibitions in Australia and overseas and his work is held in collections around the world. 



97 Mary Street, Grafton, New South Wales, 2460, Australia