Mitch Griffiths Muse is dead

One of Griffiths’ most famous paintings, called The Muse is Dead, takes the classical image of the muse and unsettles any preconceptions the viewer may have of this historic figure. The muse, who is being simultaneously grabbed by two paparazzi and a surgeon, deals with the transient nature of celebrity and the shortening attention span of a society which idolises a person or an object one minute and quickly discards it the next. Griffiths uses a traditional, almost forgotten style of painting, inspired by the light and composition of Old Master paintings, but he uses this style to depict the issues concerning 21st-century British society.

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.