Brian Griffiths

My background is in art and design. I have a degree in Fine Art and a B.Phil. in Landscape Design. I worked as a landscape architect for 10 years before my career as a furniture maker in 1987. Inspired by Macintosh and Shaker furniture and Bauhaus.

I studied gilding and leaded glass and incorporated this in my furniture.

I have always painted, even from the early age of 5, oils, acrylics but mainly watercolours, and most recently botanical art. I am a member of the Gloucestershire Society of Botanical Illustrators (GSBI) and exhibit regularly at Nature in Art, Wallsworth Hall, Twigworth, Glos..

 

My interest in photography really took-off when I got a digital camera 9 years ago. My approach to photography is more from a painters view than straight record shots. I use Photoshop to produce images of how I perceived the view, usually this involves balancing the colours and highlights.

Runner-up Landscape Photographer of The Year 2009

Front page image Sunday Times Spectrum mag. Oct. 2009

Frequent contributor to Outdoor Photography Magazine.(21 published articles to date).

National Theatre 'Take a View' exhibition Oct 2009.

Royal Geographical Magazine 1/2 page photo. Jan.2010.

Exhibited North York Moors National Park Centre March 2010.

England's 100 Best Views 2013

 

Brief Description of My Work; 

Landscape photography of the local area, Black Mountains, Brecon Beacons , Wye Valley and Herefordshire. Mostly colour but also black and white. 

This is the area of Britain that I love most. I walk extensively and love to capture  the light and landscape that inspire me. Often I start my walk in darkness in order to be in the right place for sunrise or that special pre dawn light.

I take great care to develop the images to represent the feel of the landscape rather than a plain record shot. My B+W images are often developed in many layers, each area receiving individual attention.

 

Watercolours; Llangrove Village Hall committee approached me last year to ask if I would run a regular art class, after some persuasion I agreed. I had never taught painting before, although I do have some experience of teaching photography. That first term was a steep learning curve for us all, students and teacher alike, but we survived and I am very confident in saying that we have  ALL made incredible progress. Teaching painting has been a most rewarding and pleasurable experience, enhanced by the colourful and mixed personalities in the group.

 

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