T.J. Griffin artist statement
I love creating. I have spent my life evolving and molding a visual language I could call my own. My art has grown through my understanding of what it means to be an artist.
I love recording my imagination and sharing it with others. My images represent ideas, emotions, and real life experiences I have seen or gone through. Using a cartoon like style allows for a cuteness to come through in a more serious or sinister subject. My work is always a push and pull; Creating an ambiguity that allows for a wide range of interpretation. I feel this juxtaposition encourages the viewer to participate in the work; using their own imagination.
I am inspired by almost everything in life; from everyday conversations, music and personal memories. My style is influenced by artist throughout history. Ancient, cartoon, impressionist, cinematic and many other arts have all given birth to the work I create today.
Some of my favorite contemporary artist are Gregory Crewdson, David Hockney and Takashi Murakami. The sophistication of style and narration of these artists are some of the things I push to achieve with my own artwork. The story telling of Crewdson, fused with the simplicity and composition of Hockney, combined with the pop surreal imagery of Murakami are some of the elements I have absorbed to create my own visual language.
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