James Griffin

Artwork

A Slice Of Chicago

James Griffin

A Slice Of Chicago

gouache on paper

16.50 x 12.75 in (41.91 x 32.38 cm)

$850

Doorway Pasacaglia

James Griffin

Doorway Pasacaglia

giclee

20 x 50 in (50.80 x 127 cm)

$1,500

Movemiento 1 (stroller)

James Griffin

Movemiento 1 (stroller)

Acrylic on Canvas

36 x 49 in (91.44 x 124.46 cm)

$9,100

Summer Salsa

James Griffin

Summer Salsa

oil on canvas

26.50 x 30.50 in (67.31 x 77.47 cm)

$3,000

Asakusa

James Griffin

Asakusa

Acrylic Collage on Paper

27 x 16 in (68.58 x 40.64 cm)

$1,700

Café Au Lait 2

James Griffin

Café Au Lait 2

Acrylic Collage on Board

15 x 10 in (38.10 x 25.40 cm)

$1,300

Doorways and Pedestrians

James Griffin

Doorways and Pedestrians

Watercolor Collage on Paper

22.50 x 30 in (57.15 x 76.20 cm)

$2,000

Grizzly Giant #1

James Griffin

Grizzly Giant #1

Acrylic Collage on Handmade Paper

30 x 22 in (76.20 x 55.88 cm)

$2,600

In The Streets Passacaglia 1

James Griffin

In The Streets Passacaglia 1

Acrylic Collage on Canvas

30 x 96 in (76.20 x 243.84 cm)

$8,800

Late Sun on Brownstones

James Griffin

Late Sun on Brownstones

Watercolor on Paper

11.50 x 14.50 in (29.21 x 36.83 cm)

$1,400

Port Saint-Denis

James Griffin

Port Saint-Denis

Acrylic, collage, oil, on linen

36 x 24 in (91.44 x 60.96 cm)

$4,200

Sailing Ship, South Street Wharf

James Griffin

Sailing Ship, South Street Wharf

Watercolor on Paper

14.50 x 11.50 in (36.83 x 29.21 cm)

$1,300

Snow Cone Maker

James Griffin

Snow Cone Maker

Watercolor on Paper

14.50 x 21 in (36.83 x 53.34 cm)

$1,800

Chicago Dawn

James Griffin

Chicago Dawn

oil on canvas

42 x 30 in (106.68 x 76.20 cm)

$5,000

Farm Fresh

James Griffin

Farm Fresh

oil on canvas

16 x 24 in (40.64 x 60.96 cm)

$2,400

Movemiento 2 (bike)

James Griffin

Movemiento 2 (bike)

Acrylic on Canvas

36 x 49 in (91.44 x 124.46 cm)

$9,100

Time and Roses #2

James Griffin

Time and Roses #2

oil on canvas

30 x 40 in (76.20 x 101.60 cm)

$6,300

Big Parade in Katmandu

James Griffin

Big Parade in Katmandu

Acrylic Collage on Paper

26.50 x 22 in (67.31 x 55.88 cm)

$1,600

Chez Janou

James Griffin

Chez Janou

Acrylic, collage, oil on Linen

30 x 20 in (76.20 x 50.80 cm)

$3,800

Figaro Pizza Heros

James Griffin

Figaro Pizza Heros

Acrylic Collage on Paper

22 x 32 in (55.88 x 81.28 cm)

$2,600

Grizzly Giant #2

James Griffin

Grizzly Giant #2

Acrylic Collage on Handmade Paper

30 x 22 in (76.20 x 55.88 cm)

$2,200

In The Streets Passacaglia 2

James Griffin

In The Streets Passacaglia 2

Acrylic Collage on Canvas

30 x 96 in (76.20 x 243.84 cm)

$8,800

Morning Sun Paris Streets

James Griffin

Morning Sun Paris Streets

Acrylic Collage Oil on Linen

36 x 24 in (91.44 x 60.96 cm)

$4,200

Purchase on Essex St.

James Griffin

Purchase on Essex St.

Watercolor Collage on Paper

14.50 x 16.50 in (36.83 x 41.91 cm)

$1,600

Ship at Brooklyn Pier

James Griffin

Ship at Brooklyn Pier

Watercolor on Paper

14.50 x 11.50 in (36.83 x 29.21 cm)

$1,500

Temples in Kathmandu

James Griffin

Temples in Kathmandu

Acrylic Collage on Paper

31 x 22 in (78.74 x 55.88 cm)

$2,100

Chicago From Navy Pier

James Griffin

Chicago From Navy Pier

gouache on paper

12.75 x 16.50 in (32.38 x 41.91 cm)

$850

Just Ripe

James Griffin

Just Ripe

oil on canvas

16 x 24 in (40.64 x 60.96 cm)

$2,200

Red Coat

James Griffin

Red Coat

oil on canvas

16 x 20 in (40.64 x 50.80 cm)

$2,200

View from a Cliff

James Griffin

View from a Cliff

oil on canvas

18 x 24 in (45.72 x 60.96 cm)

$2,400

Blue Gate Fez

James Griffin

Blue Gate Fez

Acrylic Collage on Paper

18 x 14 in (45.72 x 35.56 cm)

$1,900

Chinatown Reflections

James Griffin

Chinatown Reflections

Watercolor on Paper

13.50 x 22 in (34.29 x 55.88 cm)

$1,900

Football

James Griffin

Football

Oil on Wood

12.25 x 42 in (31.12 x 106.68 cm)

$2,000

Hard Shopping

James Griffin

Hard Shopping

Watercolor on Paper

19 x 27 in (48.26 x 68.58 cm)

$1,900

It Aint All For Nothing

James Griffin

It Aint All For Nothing

Watercolor on Paper

21 x 28 in (53.34 x 71.12 cm)

$2,200

Outside a Fez Café

James Griffin

Outside a Fez Café

Watercolor Collage on Paper

11.50 x 15.50 in (29.21 x 39.37 cm)

$1,200

Red Awning

James Griffin

Red Awning

Acrylic, collage, oil on Linen

30 x 20 in (76.20 x 50.80 cm)

$3,900

Shoe Shine, Lower East Side

James Griffin

Shoe Shine, Lower East Side

Watercolor on Paper

11.50 x 14.50 in (29.21 x 36.83 cm)

$1,600

The Fish Monger, Essex St.

James Griffin

The Fish Monger, Essex St.

Watercolor on Paper

14 x 17 in (35.56 x 43.18 cm)

$1,600

Chicago Heights - Chicago Dawn

James Griffin

Chicago Heights - Chicago Dawn

Oil on Linen

30 x 20 in (76.20 x 50.80 cm)

$2,700

La Fleur de Memoire

James Griffin

La Fleur de Memoire

oil on canvas

26.50 x 30.50 in (67.31 x 77.47 cm)

$3,000

Riffs

James Griffin

Riffs

oil on canvas, wood mount

16.50 x 50.50 in (41.91 x 128.27 cm)

$3,900

View of Chicago Waterworks From Above

James Griffin

View of Chicago Waterworks From Above

gouache on paper

16.50 x 12.75 in (41.91 x 32.38 cm)

$850

café Au Lait 1

James Griffin

café Au Lait 1

Acrylic Collage on Board

15 x 10 in (38.10 x 25.40 cm)

$1,300

Cloth Buyers

James Griffin

Cloth Buyers

Watercolor Collage on Board

11.50 x 17.50 in (29.21 x 44.45 cm)

$1,500

Golden Tree

James Griffin

Golden Tree

oil on canvas

48 x 36 in (121.92 x 91.44 cm)

$5,900

In The Medina

James Griffin

In The Medina

Watercolor Collage on Paper

11.50 x 15.50 in (29.21 x 39.37 cm)

$1,200

Kyoto Temples

James Griffin

Kyoto Temples

Acrylic, Collage on Handmade Paper

31 x 22 in (78.74 x 55.88 cm)

$2,900

Outside The Strand

James Griffin

Outside The Strand

Acrylic Collage on Paper

22 x 31 in (55.88 x 78.74 cm)

$2,500

Red Zone

James Griffin

Red Zone

Acrylic Collage on Paper

22 x 31 in (55.88 x 78.74 cm)

$2,600

Small Temple, Nikko

James Griffin

Small Temple, Nikko

Acrylic Collage on Board

15 x 20 in (38.10 x 50.80 cm)

$1,800

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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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