Approved: 06.07.2017

Andy Griffiths

Artist, Lecturer / academic, Maker

Approved: 06.07.2017

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 exhibit

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    Artist Statement

    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

     

    CURRICULUM VITAE

     

    NAME

     

    Andy Griffiths

     

    PRESENT POST

     

    Programme Leader BA (Hons) Sculpture; Casting; Carving & Construction Carmarthen School of Art

     

    QUALIFICATIONS

     

    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

     

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

     

    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,

    Kidwelly, Wales

    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

     

    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

     

    Lectures.

    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’

     

    COMMISSIONS.

    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

     

    Selected Exhibitions.

    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