Mitch Griffiths opens new exhibition of paintings

Old Masters-style artist Mitch Griffiths opens new exhibition of paintings

Contemporary artist Mitch Griffiths, who has adopted an Old Masters-style for his modern paintings, opens a new exhibition in Mayfair on April 29th.

The exhibition, called The Promised Land, will be held at the Halcyon gallery and will run until June 5th.

It features 25 new paintings from the artist whose work was selected for the BP Portrait Award exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in 2003 and 2004, along with a number of other highly recognised art accolades.

The large-scale oil paintings Mitch Griffiths creates have also attracted a number of celebrity commissions, including portraits of English rose Keira Knightley nude, and hard man Ray Winstone with the Union Jack draped over him.

Hailing from Warwickshire, Griffiths held his first solo show in 2002 at the Enid Lawson gallery in Kensington.

He began being represented by the Halcyon Gallery in 2004, where he now is preparing for his next show, Iconostasis, in 2011.

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.