ANNE AT BOTANICAL BEACH, VANCOUVER ISLAND, 2017
ANNE GRIFFITHS is a Canadian painter with studios in Victoria and on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia. She studied painting at Emily Carr University and has a diploma in design and illustration (1986) from Capilano University’s IDEA Program. Post graduation, Anne held a successful 20 year career as an art director in several of Vancouver's prominent design firms. Anne’s focus has since shifted to her own painting practice, building upon her experience pivoting from professional realms to imaginative ones. As such, her studio practice fixates on the interplay of colour and form, indulging in expansive colour pallets and exploring landscape intuitively. As Anne has moved through a variety of disciplines her paintings beget a similar kind of evolutionary flow— shifting dimensions and spatial relationships build new places for the viewer to gaze upon, wander through or step away from. Anne has shown at the Duthie Gallery on Salt Spring Island and the Ferry Gallery in West Vancouver. Her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions and solo shows, and she has completed several large commissions. This July (2018) she attended a residency on Vancouver Island with Canadian artist Harold Klunder, and continues to expand her practice with intent.
My studio practice is motivated by the expression of landscape through intuitive knotting of colour and form. By using the landscape as a starting point, my paintings explore interpretations of space, distance and memory. Through gestural line work and an energetic color palette, I create spatial relationships and poetic interpretations that wander through landscapes both speculative and imaginative. I’m interested in how we take a feeling of a place away with us in our memory, how that energy can transform by playing with some level of abstraction in the rendering of a traditional landscape.
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