Dusty Griffith Sculpture

Southern encaustic artist Dusty Griffith creates softly luminous paintings using pale blues, greens, golds and whites to inspire contemplation, peacefulness, and spirituality within the viewer. “My motive is for the viewer to realize the principle that there is more than just what can be seen on the surface, both in my art and in one’s life,” Griffith explains.

To more fully express these philosophical ideals, Griffith strives for a purer strain of abstraction by distilling the picture plane into sophisticated combinations of color and form. Indeed, Griffith’s artistic vision is likened to the geometric abstraction of the late California painter Richard Diebenkorn, beautifully combined with principles of color field painting as seen in the meditative work of Abstract Expressionist Mark Rothko. “Geometric abstraction functions as a solution to problems concerning the need for contemporary painting to reject the illusionistic practices of the past while addressing the inherently two-dimensional nature of the picture plane,” comments Bill Lowe. In each breathtaking composition, Dusty Griffith imbues the work with calming, meditative, and atmospheric qualities.

By using salvaged pieces of wood (such as a portion of a front door taken from a demolished home) as the base for each painting, Dusty Griffith infuses new life into the materials, and simultaneously expresses his philosophy of rebirth and new consciousness within one’s present life. Upon this foundation Griffith adds segments of Plexiglas which have been painted with encaustic in muted pastel tones; at first glance these portions conceal the true depth of the piece, but when illuminated in natural sunlight the full splendor of each painting is easily recognized. “Each one of my paintings is like an atmosphere unto itself, a moment or place of reflection or enlightenment,” Griffith says.

Dusty Griffith has enjoyed curatorial and popular success in the southern United States since the late 1990s, and his work is a favorite among West Coast collectors. Griffith’s work is included in prominent public and private collections, namely Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, and The Inn at Blackberry Farm.
Dusty Griffith Art

BORN
1970 in Kansas City, MO

EDUCATION
1993 B.F.A. Visual Communication, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
1989 Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2006 The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
-- Genema, Christ Church, Atlanta, GA
2004 The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
-- Trinity School, Annual Auction, Atlanta, GA
2003 The Lowe Gallery, Solo Show, Atlanta, GA
-- Art Papers Magazine, 4th Annual Art Auction, Atlanta, GA
-- AIDS Survival Project, Momus Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2002 Art Papers Magazine, 3rd Annual Art Auction, Atlanta, GA
2000 The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2006 “Revealed,” The Lowe Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
-- Art Papers, Invitational Art Auction, Atlanta, GA
-- Paideia School, Art Auction, Atlanta, GA
2005 The Lowe Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
-- “16th Anniversary Show,” The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
-- Atl Art 05, Art House, Atlanta, GA
-- Art Miami, Miami, FL
-- Art Papers, Annual Art Auction, Atlanta, GA
-- Paideia School, Art Auction, Atlanta, GA
-- Trinity School, Art Auction, Atlanta, GA
2004 “15th Anniversary Show,” The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
-- The Lowe Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2003 Inaugural Exhibition, The Lowe Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
-- “14th Anniversary Show,” The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2002 “13th Anniversary Show,” The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2001 “12th Anniversary Show,” The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
1999 Macon & Company Fine Arts, Atlanta, GA
1993 Behind the Glass, Local Artist Exhibition, Auburn, AL
1992 Alabama State Council on the Arts, Student Exhibition, Montgomery, AL
-- The Auburn University Art Department, Annual Fine Arts Student Competitive Exhibition, Auburn, AL

SELECTED PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS
The Inn at Blackberry Farm
Pinnacle Health Group, LLC.
Taylor and Mathis, Incorporated
Alston & Bird
Emerson Electric
The Phoenix, Atlanta
Saks Fifth Avenue
Neiman Marcus East
Neiman Marcus West
Halle Berry

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS AND REVIEWS
Featured in Southern Accents 2004 Showhouse, Watersound Beach, Florida.
Southern Accents Magazine, July-August, 2004.
“At Lowe Gallery, Unity in Diversity,” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 2001.
 

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