My work involves the making of objects , ususally in cast iron or bronze that combine 20th Century iconography, catholic symbolism the found object and pop culture to make ironic statements on contemporary society. The work usually contains visual or literal puns and can be from the hand held to large scale. There is also an element of performance in the work, in its making or its means of exhibition.
CV & Education
Programme Leader BA (Hons) Sculpture; Casting; Carving & Construction Carmarthen School of Art
2002 PGC. Cardiff Metropolitan University.
1987 BA (Hons) Fine Art Sculpture. Central School of Art, London 1975 Foundation Art and Design, Wrexham School of Art
2015/16/17 Visiting Artist. Wroclaw Academy of Fine Art, Wroclaw, Poland 2014 Steering Panel, 6th Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art, Latvia 2010-2014 Visiting Artist, Royal College of Art, London. 2010-2014.
2011 Green Sand Moulding Demonstrator, Time Team, BBC Television 2010 Visiting Artist. Arizona State University, Pheonix, Arizona. USA
2010 Co-Chair 5th International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art,
2009 Visiting Artist. Alfred University, New York, New York USA
2007 Visiting Artist. Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas. USA
2006 Visiting Artist. New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, New Mexico, USA
RESEARCH INTERESTS AND RELEVANT PUBLICATIONS
The Medal, No 49, page 53-58, ‘Andrew Griffiths, makes, shoots and leaves.’
Planet, The Welsh Internationalist, Issue 177, page 26-33, ‘Inheritors of the Vulcan Tradition’ ‘Ironstone’ Catalogue to accompany ‘Ironstone’ exhibition, Kidwelly Castle.
‘Gathered Worlds’ Catalogue to accompany exhibition. ‘Blown’ issue 2. 2010.
Planet, the Welsh Internationalist, May 2011
The New Medalists. The British Art Medal Trust. page 83. 2011 CCQ. “The Heat is Rising” Issue 7, page 86- 100. 2015
2015 Around the Campfire. Festival of High Temperatures, Wroclaw, Poland
2012 Metaflux conference on bronze casting. Chair of panel. Royal College of Art London
2011 Q & Artists. The Work of Barry Flannagan. The Tate Collective, Tate Britain, London. 2010 Iron as Surface’ Chair of panel on the surface treatment of cast iron. 6th International
conference of contemporary Cast Iron Art
2007 New Mexico Highlands University, USA. 2nd Annual Michael Carrol Lecture. “Ferros- city” The Art of Iron Pouring and today’s popular culture, with Professor David Lobdell. NMHU
2006 International Conference on Cast Iron Art, Iron bridge, ‘The Starlight and the Fire, Ritual and Performance in Casting’
The British Museum, Coins and Medals Department, October 2004, ‘The Discarded Object’
2015 Gates, Castle Quarter, Swansea.
2013 Chevron oil workers memorial bench, Pembroke 2013 Chevron oil workers Memorial, Milford Haven
2003 The British Art medal society, limited edition medal for membership 2001 Groovy Chick commission, Swansea
2000 Rope commission, for DAR design, Forte's hotel, Cardiff Bay 1995 Grave Stone for the Pank Family, Essex
2015 Heat Exchange 2.Touring Exhibition (in collaboration with Catherine Fairgrieve) Craft in the Bay, Cardiff
2015 Fife Contemporary Art and Craft, St Andrews Museum, Scotland
2016 Gallery Waidspeicher, Kulturhof zum Guldenen Kronbacken, Erfut, Germany 2016 Bayerischer Kunstgewerbe-Verain (Gallery for Applied Arts), Munich, Germany 2015 “Sunrise” Performance in Cast Iron. Festival of High Temperatures, Wroclaw
Academy Of Fine Art, Wroclaw, Poland
2011 Art for Wales, Contemporary Art Society for Wales 2011 Distribution Exhibition Moma, Wales
2011 Invisible Cities and Hidden Cities, touring exhibition, Carmarthen College, University of the West of England, Portland University, Oregon USA, Kansas State University Usa
2012 Metaflux, bronze casting exhibition, Royal College of Art, Howie Street, London. 2010 ‘Gathered World’ Aberystwyth Arts Center, Aberystwyth, Jan-March
2010 Welsh National Eisteddfod, Blaenau Gwent, 31st July-7th Aug
2009 Ferrous Blooms, Alfred University, New York State, New York USA 2009 New Mexico Highlands University, ‘The Iron Tribe’. New Mexico USA 2009 Sloss National Iron Conference, Birmingham Alabama, USA
2007 Hiraeth, a Sculpture Cymru touring exhibition
The European Academey, Ostenhausen, Germay. The Gallery, Alan Baxter and Associates, London. Barry Town Gallery, Vale of Glamorgan.
2001 Faidem, international art medal conference. Paris
1998 Destroy, punk graphics of the 1970s and 80s, Royal Festival Hall, London 1993 The eye of the heart (Cecil Collins tribute exhibition) Lethaby Gallery, London 1992 Tokyo Art Expo, Harumi Island, Tokyo, Japan