The Promised Land


29 April 2010 - 05 June 2010 - Halcyon Gallery - London

Britannia

2008

202 x 140 cm

Oil on canvas

Consumption

2008

202x x 141 cm

Oil on canvas

The Muse Is Dead

2007

168 x 137 cm

Oil on canvas

Pavement

2009

153 x 122 cm

Oil on canvas

Commercial Gangster

2007

130 x 112 cm

Oil on canvas

Glamourexic

2008

110 x 90 cm 

Oil on canvas

Fluffy Bunny Hoody

2010

122 x 77 cm

Oil on canvas

Fitting Room III

2008

122 x 77 cm

Oil on canvas

Fitting Room II

2008

122 x 77 cm 

Oil on canvas

The Lady Of The Isles

2009

80 x 70 cm

Oil on canvas

Flag Girl

2009

60 x 50 cm

Oil on canvas

Oxford Street Angel

2010

60 x 40 cm

Oil on canvas

Bird Of Prayer

2007

120 x 100 cm

Oil on canvas

Idolescent

2007

122 x 92 cm

Oil on canvas

Rehab

2008

214 x 153 cm

Oil on canvas

Cradle

2007

60 x 50 cm

Oil on canvas

Little Angel

2010

70 x 60 cm

Oil on canvas

The Promised Land

2009

100 x 80 cm

Oil on canvas

Glamourexic (detail)

2008

110 x 90 cm

Oil on canvas

Bird Of Prayer (detail)

2007

120 x 100 cm

Oil on canvas

Pavement (detail)

2009

153 x 122 cm

Oil on canvas

The Flag Bearer (portrait of Ray Winstone)

2009

110 x 90 cm

Oil on canvas

Fluffy Bunny Hoody (detail)

2010

122 x 77 cm

Oil on Canvas

Flag Bearer's Daughter, Rehabilitation and The Muse is Dead will form part of the group of twenty-five exciting new paintings on show by Mitch Griffiths, all dealing with his anxieties about modern life in a symbolic and illustrative way.

His detailed, figurative paintings are bluntly honest with a skill and complexity common in paintings of the Old Masters. His captivating and expressive portraits have been widely recognised through art prizes including the BP Portrait Award. Mitch's remarkable talent has attracted an international following with celebrity portrait commission, sell-out shows and eager anticipation from collectors to see his new work.

Paul Green, President of Halcyon Gallery, says: "Mitch's long-awaited show this spring is an important punctuation in his career and builds up to the Iconostasis exhibition in 2011 of world icons, which will include portraits of Ray Winstone and Keira Knightley, and which has the potential to be a blockbuster international show."

The work of contemporary artist Mitch Griffiths apprehends the viewer through a dissection of twenty first century existence.

Richly  detailed, viscerally layered canvases disclose scenes which simultaneously examine notions of empire, guilt, celebrity and first world entitlement; whilst proffering to expose the essential vacuity of a society drenched in mass media and consumed by consumption itself. Griffiths employs an unflinching high realism to pick apart ideas which promise to haunt with an unnerving familiarity.