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" Abstract Art - Amica Whincop Exhibition"
25-05-2018 - 01-06-2018

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"ArtPark at D'Arenberg Winery 2018"
by ARTPARK Australia Sculpture
26-05-2018 - 27-07-2018

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"ArtPark Exhibition at D'Arenberg 2018"
by ARTPARK Australia Sculpture
29-05-2018 - 20-07-2018

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"Contemporary Paintings"

18-03-2018 - 30-05-2018


Exhibition Comments:


Soho Galleries Showrooms


Artist Statement:


CONTEMPORARY PAINTINGS Exhibiting Soho Galleries & Chifley Foyers

The artwork of Cliff Grigg evokes a narrative from a deeply philosophical core of the artist. The paintings leading up to his exhibition   are compiled from the continuous dialogue and themes around urban construction, panoramas and scenes that we all take for granted.  City sky-scapes  bestow  a radiance, reflections,  and hints of harmonic lights and grids.   Although he describes his work as neo-impressionist the viewer is content in its apparent contemporary overlay.  Cliffs first oil paintings were landscapes painted from life in the bush outside of Armidale NSW.  He moved to Sydney in 1979 to study art at Alexander Mackie CAE.  Cliff was fortunate to have well known tutors, painters Alun Leach Jones and Graham Kuo but both had very different painting and teaching styles. Graham Kuos flowing and loose shapes compared with Alun Leach Jones straight and hard edged outlines were techniques in opposition. Cliff Griggs eclectic journey has been complemented by involvement in the music industry which has further enhanced and inspired his cumulative themes. For 10 years Cliff focused on a career as a professional musician with Sydney reggae-rock band Spy v Spy. He was fortunate to visit international cities and be exposed to different cultures around the world. 

A  chance meeting in the 90s with  Brett Whiteley changed everything. Whiteley told Cliff he played their music repeatedly while he painted because it inspired him to conceive some large orange pieces, and said there was an orange energy in their music. This was the greatest compliment Cliff had received from an artist and this event became a turning point in re-igniting Cliffs interest in painting.

 Inspired by an artistic sojourn in Italy  his sfumato (dry brush technique and chiaroscruro, technique where he draws the whole image without colour, drawing towards the light from the shadow in the work creates a dream like quality , modern  architecture is transformed into a purer  resemblance.  The artworks  terminology are composed from  renaissance scriptures adding a mystique to the works.


View all works in this exhibition by CLIFF GRIGG
View all work by CLIFF GRIGG