Mitch Griffith's portrait of Ray Winstone

A giant portrait of Ray Winstone conceals building work at a new art gallery in London. Mitch Griffith's painting of the actor, cloaked in the Union Flag, decorates the Halcyon Gallery at 144-146 New Bond Street, which will open later this year. The original portrait appeared in Griffith's show The Promised Land, held at another Halcyon branch this month.

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.