In Carne Griffiths’ first solo exhibition in Asia, he presents a new series of works based on the balance of geometry and free flowing lines. These lines represent a universal balance, one of male and female, power and meekness, even notes on a scale. Griffiths believes that we are all connected emotionally or spiritually to what is around us. These connections are expressed through his work as lines between objects or the things we are made of. They can be seen as representations of many things–energy, emotions or spiritual connections—the tangible and the intangible, in a natural balance.
Along with abstract studies and his well-known portraits, Griffiths will present two hand-illustrated electric guitars. The guitars, a collaboration between Marlow Guitars and the artist, are handmade custom electric guitars built to bespoke specification in the style of a telecaster with original hand drawn/painted art on the back and front of the body. Each is unique. Using his portraiture and foliage as the main focus of illustration, Griffiths adds a soft seductive quality to the hard edge of rock n’ roll.
Working primarily with calligraphy inks, graphite and liquids, such as tea, brandy and vodka Carne’s fascination with drawing focuses on the creation and manipulation of the drawn line. Images explore human, geometric and floral forms, in a combination of both literal and abstract translation and in response to images and situations encountered in daily life. Images are recorded in a dreamlike sense onto the page where physical boundaries are unimportant. His work creates a journey of escapism which focuses on scenes of awe and wonder, projecting a sense of abandonment and inviting the viewer to share and explore this inner realm.
“I believe in chance, things happening for a reason and a balance. The tension between different objects, between ourselves and nature, between people, emotions and feelings; these can all be described in a drawing with simple lines. I try to achieve a balance between the figurative and the abstract.” – Carne Griffiths