James Griffin

Artwork

A Slice Of Chicago
James Griffin

A Slice Of Chicago

gouache on paper

16.50 x 12.75 in

$850.00

Doorway Pasacaglia
James Griffin

Doorway Pasacaglia

giclee

20 x 50 in

$1,500.00

Movemiento 1 (stroller)
James Griffin

Movemiento 1 (stroller)

Acrylic on Canvas

36 x 49 in

$9,100.00

Summer Salsa
James Griffin

Summer Salsa

oil on canvas

26.50 x 30.50 in

$3,000.00

Asakusa
James Griffin

Asakusa

Acrylic Collage on Paper

27 x 16 in

$1,700.00

Café Au Lait 2
James Griffin

Café Au Lait 2

Acrylic Collage on Board

15 x 10 in

$1,300.00

Doorways and Pedestrians
James Griffin

Doorways and Pedestrians

Watercolor Collage on Paper

22.50 x 30 in

$2,000.00

Grizzly Giant #1
James Griffin

Grizzly Giant #1

Acrylic Collage on Handmade Paper

30 x 22 in

$2,600.00

In The Streets Passacaglia 1
James Griffin

In The Streets Passacaglia 1

Acrylic Collage on Canvas

30 x 96 in

$8,800.00

Late Sun on Brownstones
James Griffin

Late Sun on Brownstones

Watercolor on Paper

11.50 x 14.50 in

$1,400.00

Port Saint-Denis , 2019
James Griffin

Port Saint-Denis , 2019

Acrylic, collage, oil, on linen

36 x 24 in

$4,200.00

Sailing Ship, South Street Wharf
James Griffin

Sailing Ship, South Street Wharf

Watercolor on Paper

14.50 x 11.50 in

$1,300.00

Snow Cone Maker
James Griffin

Snow Cone Maker

Watercolor on Paper

14.50 x 21 in

$1,800.00

Chicago Dawn
James Griffin

Chicago Dawn

oil on canvas

42 x 30 in

$5,000.00

Farm Fresh
James Griffin

Farm Fresh

oil on canvas

16 x 24 in

$2,400.00

Movemiento 2 (bike)
James Griffin

Movemiento 2 (bike)

Acrylic on Canvas

36 x 49 in

$9,100.00

Time and Roses #2
James Griffin

Time and Roses #2

oil on canvas

30 x 40 in

$6,300.00

Big Parade in Katmandu
James Griffin

Big Parade in Katmandu

Acrylic Collage on Paper

26.50 x 22 in

$1,600.00

Chez Janou
James Griffin

Chez Janou

Acrylic, collage, oil on Linen

30 x 20 in

$3,800.00

Figaro Pizza Heros
James Griffin

Figaro Pizza Heros

Acrylic Collage on Paper

22 x 32 in

$2,600.00

Grizzly Giant #2
James Griffin

Grizzly Giant #2

Acrylic Collage on Handmade Paper

30 x 22 in

$2,200.00

In The Streets Passacaglia 2
James Griffin

In The Streets Passacaglia 2

Acrylic Collage on Canvas

30 x 96 in

$8,800.00

Morning Sun Paris Streets
James Griffin

Morning Sun Paris Streets

Acrylic Collage Oil on Linen

36 x 24 in

$4,200.00

Purchase on Essex St.
James Griffin

Purchase on Essex St.

Watercolor Collage on Paper

14.50 x 16.50 in

$1,600.00

Ship at Brooklyn Pier
James Griffin

Ship at Brooklyn Pier

Watercolor on Paper

14.50 x 11.50 in

$1,500.00

Temples in Kathmandu
James Griffin

Temples in Kathmandu

Acrylic Collage on Paper

31 x 22 in

$2,100.00

Chicago From Navy Pier
James Griffin

Chicago From Navy Pier

gouache on paper

12.75 x 16.50 in

$850.00

Just Ripe
James Griffin

Just Ripe

oil on canvas

16 x 24 in

$2,200.00

Red Coat
James Griffin

Red Coat

oil on canvas

16 x 20 in

$2,200.00

View from a Cliff
James Griffin

View from a Cliff

oil on canvas

18 x 24 in

$2,400.00

Blue Gate Fez
James Griffin

Blue Gate Fez

Acrylic Collage on Paper

18 x 14 in

$1,900.00

Chinatown Reflections
James Griffin

Chinatown Reflections

Watercolor on Paper

13.50 x 22 in

$1,900.00

Football
James Griffin

Football

Oil on Wood

12.25 x 42 in

$2,000.00

Hard Shopping
James Griffin

Hard Shopping

Watercolor on Paper

19 x 27 in

$1,900.00

It Aint All For Nothing
James Griffin

It Aint All For Nothing

Watercolor on Paper

21 x 28 in

$2,200.00

Outside a Fez Café
James Griffin

Outside a Fez Café

Watercolor Collage on Paper

11.50 x 15.50 in

$1,200.00

Red Awning, 2019
James Griffin

Red Awning, 2019

Acrylic, collage, oil on Linen

30 x 20 in

$3,900.00

Shoe Shine, Lower East Side
James Griffin

Shoe Shine, Lower East Side

Watercolor on Paper

11.50 x 14.50 in

$1,600.00

The Fish Monger, Essex St.
James Griffin

The Fish Monger, Essex St.

Watercolor on Paper

14 x 17 in

$1,600.00

Chicago Heights - Chicago Dawn
James Griffin

Chicago Heights - Chicago Dawn

Oil on Linen

30 x 20 in

$2,700.00

La Fleur de Memoire
James Griffin

La Fleur de Memoire

oil on canvas

26.50 x 30.50 in

$3,000.00

Riffs
James Griffin

Riffs

oil on canvas, wood mount

16.50 x 50.50 in

$3,900.00

View of Chicago Waterworks From Above
James Griffin

View of Chicago Waterworks From Above

gouache on paper

16.50 x 12.75 in

$850.00

café Au Lait 1
James Griffin

café Au Lait 1

Acrylic Collage on Board

15 x 10 in

$1,300.00

Cloth Buyers
James Griffin

Cloth Buyers

Watercolor Collage on Board

11.50 x 17.50 in

$1,500.00

Golden Tree
James Griffin

Golden Tree

oil on canvas

48 x 36 in

$5,900.00

In The Medina
James Griffin

In The Medina

Watercolor Collage on Paper

11.50 x 15.50 in

$1,200.00

Kyoto Temples
James Griffin

Kyoto Temples

Acrylic, Collage on Handmade Paper

31 x 22 in

$2,900.00

Outside The Strand
James Griffin

Outside The Strand

Acrylic Collage on Paper

22 x 31 in

$2,500.00

Red Zone
James Griffin

Red Zone

Acrylic Collage on Paper

22 x 31 in

$2,600.00

Small Temple, Nikko
James Griffin

Small Temple, Nikko

Acrylic Collage on Board

15 x 20 in

$1,800.00

Used Booksellers of Paris
James Griffin

Used Booksellers of Paris

Acrylic Collage Oil on Linen

48 x 30 in

$5,600.00

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James Griffin
Artist Statement: "Every painting is a chunk of your life that in a way you somehow wrestled into paint." About: He has absorbed a fusion of landscape visions from the mountain heights of the Andes, to Brazil’s Tropics as well as the cultures of the Beach Boys, the Hippie peace and protest movement, Norman Rockwell’s apple pie America and the British invasion of the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Carnaby Street. All these varied influences can be seen in his paintings. This Pratt institute graduate works primarily with realism, but always with a consciousness of the abstract just beneath the surface. Even the psychedelic experiences he had in the early 1970s show up in his brushwork and subtle patterns hidden within the paintings. Musical rhythms surface in each piece, as dancing while painting is part of Jame’s creative process. At the easel, Griffin works with an exuberance bordering on madness. He stands and claims the canvas with great sweeps of his brush, throwing his body into the effort as the spirit moves him. A small stereo in the back pumps out Beethoven, Brahms and Afro-pop, as Griffin dances and paints and the distinction between the two becomes unclear. Working primarily with oils, he employs what he calls the “Messy Brush Technique,” which enables him to paint quickly and spontaneously, without time for uncertainty or second-guessing. By mixing colors with his brush as he paints instead of pausing to mix and switching brushes, Griffin cannot completely control how the colors will mix or even when a hidden red or blue from his bristles may come forth, but he can adapt and create. Subject matter varies widely from vibrant tropical and rocky northeastern landscapes and seascapes to large, expressive florals & botanicals, to cityscapes, to ballet and Symphony focused work. Running throughout is a keen sense of light and shadow, color and form. His paintings evoke an emotional connection with the viewer. His years as a book cover illustrator have taught James to visually communicate clearly and powerfully with layers of subtle complexity. “Book covers on a bookshelf need to immediately grab a potential reader but first it has to be noticed.” This concept shows up in his paintings. They will catch the viewer’s attention and then reveal the paintings lasting complexity and seduction as they unfold. Discovering at very young age, his passion for the Art profession. He poured over the Saturday Evening Post covers, Sears Roebuck catalogs, comic books, Gustave Dore’s engravings for the Divine Comedy and any art book he could find.
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