Here is a sample page from my illustrated poetry book. I wrote all of the poems to accompany my art work.
My work is ever evolving. I continue to allow myself the creative fredom to take my work in whatever direction seems the most true to myself. After attending the Dallas art fair last weekend, Saturday April 11th I became even more aware of the diversity of work being created in the world today. It seems that no matter what direction you take with your work there will always be an audience. I believe as long as you stay true to yourself, your work will find its fans.
In my recent work I have been simplifying my forms. With the narration of figures I continue to tell ambiguous stories.
Deceptive Embrace was featured in Ro2 Arts gallery space along with an earlier painting from a few years back Secrets to Hidden Identity.
The concept of my work is similar but my style is evolving. The simplification of form feels more natural. It seems that when I focus more on traditionally technicality it henders my creativity. When in reality for me, the purpose of art is to express an emotional idea or feeling; the traditional techniques are not necessary. I feel this simplification calms my work and creates a more direct feeling for the viewer.
Who knows, two weeks from now I might start striving for the rendering styling of Carravagio, but today simplification is the natural direction for me.
Bird Ass Bird, New Adventures. Collaborative work created with glass artist Aaron Tate.
I could not be more pleased with the results.
He will be flying in the middle of my solo show at Ro2 until May 25th.
"We all put on masks we show to others, but TJ Griffin is someone who makes a living at showing his masks. At least, those are his current preoccupation. The out artist’s latest collection of works, Called Animal Instinct, focuses on abstract graphic ideas, especially fantastical imagery and, of course, masks. The exhibition will be on display at Ro2Art Downtown’s Akard Street gallery for a month, with an opening night reception Friday. Don’t forget to wear a smile!"
I will have a few new pieces in Ro2s booth Space at this years Dallas Art Fair. http://dallasartfair.com/
I am excited to have this opportunity, and just a few weeks before my solo show at Ro2s Gallery.
LIVE IN THE PRESENT. BE HAPPY. LIVE IN THE PRESENT. BE HAPPY. LIVE IN THE PRESENT. BE HAPPY. LIVE IN THE PRESENT. BE HAPPY. LIVE IN THE PRESENT. BE HAPPY
I have started creating some photographic patterns with some of my toys. I am using an app on my phone. I plan on doing some more of these with a little nicer camera and lighting.
Where one bird flys others will follow.
I have been collecting some toys for inspiration in my animal instinct series. Most of which came from Toy Joy in Austin TX, one of my favorite places. Inspiration can always be found there.
I am drawing a lot right now. All of the work I have been doing lately seems very natural to me. It just comes out without thinking to much. Most of the time I am not even sure what the image will be when I start drawing. It just kind of happens. My hand is responding to my imagination.
What will come next.