Anne Griffiths is a Victoria and Salt Spring Island-based painter who's work explores the natural environment of the southern British Columbia coast. She paints her subjects in an expressive precision often using colour as a tool to invoke pessimism or optimism; the two in a heated and controversial dance. The exploration of isolation marks a chapter in Anne’s career. In 2015 and 2016 her painting has revolved around the interactions between nature and our species’ impact on the planet and our personal journeys to find serenity and solace from our modern, connected and ever-more overwhelming world. Through a series of island paintings and abstracted natural settings her most recent work asks the viewer to consider both their interactions with and relationships with their changing habitats.
Over the previous five years Anne has sold over 50 paintings, including sales to private collectors in the United Kingdom and France, completed several large commissions, held three private shows, participated in several group shows and is currently represented by a private gallery on Salt Spring Island.
Prior to pursuing painting full-time, Anne enjoyed a successful 20-year career as a commercial graphic designer and art director working at both the national and international level. In that role she shared her creative vision through a wide range of mediums including brand development, print, advertising, space planning and large-format installations and film and video projects. Through her work-related travels throughout Canada and the United States, Africa and the United Kingdom she has collaborated with many artists, architects, photographers, writers, musicians and directors. Her desire to be more involved with the physical making of art led her to move from the commercial side of design and art direction to working as a painter.
Anne obtained her arts education from Vancouver’s Emily Carr University and the IDEA Program at Capilano University. She is represented on Salt Spring Island, BC by Duthie Gallery.
Sincerity in form and the emotional connection and impact of nature on the human spirit are the framework for my most recent body of work. Through careful observation and a yearning to understand and appreciate the seemingly random nature of organic forms, patterns, and colour in the natural world my work expresses a visual language through my art practice that reaches a high level of engagement and can stand as a fresh interpretation.
EMILY CARR UNIVERSITY
CAPILANO UNIVERSITY, Diploma, with honours, IDEA program
2016 MAHON HALL GALLERY, Salt Spring Island
2016 FERRY BUILDING GALLERY, West Vancouver
2015 ARTS IN VIEW, North Vancouver
2015 SOUTHEND GALLERY, Salt Spring Island
2015 SALTSPRING NATIONAL ART PRIZE – Auction, Salt Spring Island
2014 SOUTHEND GALLERY, Salt Spring Island
2014 ECAS – International Art Barn, Salt Spring Island
2014 ART FOR LIFE – Auction, Vancouver
2013 SOUTHEND GALLERY, with Hillario and Martha Sturdy, Salt Spring Island
2013 ECAS – International Art Barn, Salt Spring Island
2013 ART FOR LIFE – Auction, Vancouver
2016 DUTHIE GALLERY, 'Alchemic Exit', Salt Spring Island
2014 HORSESHOE BAY TRADING CO., ‘Observations’, West Vancouver
2010 TARTOOFUL, North Vancouver
2009 PRIVATE GALLERY, ‘Passing Architecture’, Vancouver