Inspired by the light and composition of Old Masters paintings, but concerning 21st-century British society, Mitch Griffiths oil paintings are a symbolic statement for the “transient and throwaway nature” of contemporary culture.
Born in Nuneaton in 1971, his passion for drawing came early. His Diploma in Graphic Design and his Higher National Diploma in Illustration show his abnormal talent and honed his abilities to a level where he could replicate and then advance creatively from his models.
Everything Has Changed and Nothing Has Changed, 2004
While his artistic language owes a debt to the past, the paintings content addresses the issues of the twenty-first century. “Large, complex canvases, packed with detail, expose the immoralities and pretences of our time”.
“However, their symbolism reflects a modern quest for redemption from the overriding self-obsession and consumerism of contemporary society, with its vanity and greed, addictions and needless suffering.” – www.mitchgriffiths.com
Christopher Fischer is a painter and a concept artist from New York, who has worked for 2D Animated Televisions Shows and Games since 2007.
I just want to show you some excerpts of his very special Oil Paintings that basically caught my attention.
He draws beautiful landscapes and portraits but also approaches to themes like Medicine and the Human Anatomy or Surgery.
I find this very fascinating, because it reminds me of late 16th century realism, like The Anatomy Lesson-Series or Leonardo da Vinci studies in general. The fascination for the human body and its anatomy. It is macabre and beautiful at the same time.
The basis for my work is in scientific imagery.
Science explores the natural world and deconstructs its inner workings.
I reconstruct those images as a celebration and exploration of their various possible non-empirical meanings or associations.
excerpt of “flesh•ly –
a visceral study of the body” by incredibly talented Gillian Toh
“Josh Keyes’ style is reminiscent of the diagrammatic vocabulary found in scientific textbook illustrations that often express through a detached and clinical viewpoint an empirical representation of the natural world. Assembled into this virtual stage set are references to contemporary events along with images and themes from his personal mythology. Josh Keyes’ work is a hybrid of eco-surrealism and dystopian folktales that express a concern for our time and the Earth’s future.”
Josh Keyes was born in Tacoma, Washington. In 1992 he received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA in 1998 from Yale University. Keyes currently lives and works in Portland Oregon.
“Animals hold a special place in our collective psyche, and conception of the natural world. From all areas of the world, animals have been used and depicted in creation stories and myths, folk tales, and nursery rhythms. There is a universal connection that most people have with animals, there is an innocence, and when animal imagery is used in certain ways, stirs a sleeping instinctive nature within.”
“There are also times when the animals stand for something other than what they are, they stand as a metaphor for transformation, death, rebirth, or as a purely poetic expression.”
“On average a painting can take anywhere from three weeks to three months depending on the level of changes and detail. I start with a very rough sketch and take it on a journey. I change the perspective, the animals, the orientation, I also jot down ideas and possible titles.”
“Hearing other people’s interpretation is one of the highlights of painting these images, they always amaze me, and often give me new ideas for paintings.”
You can find more paintings and a very interesting Studio Blog on his homepage www.joshkeyes.net