Urban Junkies

It is hard not to appreciate the stunning realism of Mitch Griffiths’ paintings: his work is much like that of the Old Masters, but revitalised with (you’ll be happy to hear) contemporary subject matter, themes and narratives. The painter, who is impressively self-taught, uses a number of models, including the likes of Kiera Knightly and Ray Winstone to express the political, social and cultural messages embedded within his work. The Promised Land makes many a bold statement, touching upon ideas about patriotism, consumerism and religion.

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.