The creative adult is the child who survived.
A cool piece I have been working on for some months now, but as I will be keeping this piece I had to create this drawing in my spare time which is not very often for me so I chipped away at it for some time. Very happy to finally get this finished, glad to not be parting with this piece for once so I’m excited to get it to the framers and hung up in my place!
charcoal and colour pencil on paper
1050mm x 750mm
Not for sale
So I had a week getting back to work for 2020 where I wanted to do something different and challenging so I decided to purchase some oil paints and brushes and a little canvas to attempt a little painting. I had to paint an eye, of course, as my first piece, I nice beautiful blue eye worked perfectly! I’m happy with how this painting turned out and I look forward to doing more and learning more and working with mixing and manipulating colours again!
Oil on canvas.
Was a great opening night at the Kings Art Show this year. The 2019 show brought me two new sales and a lot of new faces! Awesome to have the model come along to the opening night too and meet potential buyers and organisers. But unfortunately neither of us got to meet the buyer of the piece. Very happy with the result!
Je Danse was an awesome project I had the pleasure of doing after discovering this awesome talent. Je Danse means ‘I dance’ in French which was beautifully named by my model in this picture, Aleksandra. A lot of planning and coordination went into this process and then drawing it created a lot of excitement and challenges. I was very impressed to learn a lot about pole dancing and what goes into the dance. A lot of strength and flexibility is only some of the things you must excel in to participate in this. So I only hope that by me creating a stance of which can look graceful and contemporary, but also showing the back muscle activation, that can tell a story more than just what you see.
Charcoal on Lana paper
1m x 1.5m
I had the opportunity to apply my interest in mural art for this New Balance and Phantom Billboard collab of Kawhi Leonard on Khyber pass in Newmarket. NBA MVP was a fun mission painting and had a lot of cool support and feedback from it. Really keen to get more jobs like this and start developing my spray can skills more.
Aerosol on plywood
A commission I received last year that I managed to get around to recently. This is a church in Hvar, Split, Croatia, in a neighbourhood where my client grew up. Not something I usually do but I am always up for something new and challenging and it proved to be a fun process!
Charcoal on Lana paper
1m x 1.2m
This drawing was a commission for my clients house. The reference photo was a 6" x 4" physical photo. It was quite difficult to use, me being a hyper-detailed artist, to recover detail from the photo and to enlarge it to the size needed but nonetheless I am happy with the result and the client was super happy too!
My second aerosol piece is Frida Kahlo. A famous Mexican painter from mid 20th century. She is an iconic person and I thought she would work well to spray paint! Bit tricky doing some of the smaller details but I picked up heaps of new techniques and learnt heaps! Im looking forward to my next piece!!
The Gorilla are divided into 2 species, the western and eastern gorilla. These two species have their own subspecies of which all are critically endangered. One of these subspecies are known to have only a few hundred of them left which creates a task for conservationists to protect them and keep them alive. Many people have dedicated their lives to protecting the poached and imposed Gorilla. Love for protecting this human-like primate has brought people all over the world to visit them and work alongside locals to enlarge their population status. Protection funds and conservation teams survive on donations and tourist visits which is why I am planning to do both. With hoping to visit Africa next year, I will be donating $1000 of the money received from the buyer of this piece to The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund. This conservation team work in Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo doing scientific research, education and physical movements in the efforts to help species of Gorilla to survive.
This piece is for sale so contact me if interested.
Charcoal on Lana paper
So Tim and I decided to make use of the wall in his garage to use some spray cans. I had never used aerosols for artwork before but had been inspired by Owen Dippie, a well-know mural artist from NZ. I wanted to paint something quite contrasty and after a couple days I came up with this. Now I am just starting to think of many more images Id like to spray.
Commission by Emily in Australia, she requested a nude portrait. A portrait that represents resilience and strong-will in a woman. A task I was happy to undertake and very proud of the final product. I got my girlfriend to photograph Freddie nude in my studio as I orchestrated how I would like her to pose. I didn't have a cigarette so I rolled a bit of paper up for her to hold so I could improvise a cigarette and smoke in the drawing. I went with a negative effect for the smoke which gives a more 'sketchy' look to it.
Charcoal on Fabriano 75 x 55cm
A piece I drew for my girlfriends birthday present as she wanted a New Zealand themed artwork so I chose the Koru as it symbolizes new beginnings, strength and growth which has been 3 massive motives in her life recently. I get to see it everyday in our room too which is not common for a piece of mine!
The Kings College Art Sale was a successful night. I sold both my piece to two awesome couples who I met on the night. Again, there were loads of great art there and the student band was an entertaining break from artwork. Overall an enjoyable night and I look forward to seeing my pieces on the walls of their new homes.
Charcoal on Fabriano paper
1m x 1.5m
Behind this piece sits a Maori man by the Name of Pouroto Ngaropo who wears the lifetime commitment of his Tā Moko. The Tā Moko is a form of artwork that tells a story of his ancestry, tribe and beliefs shown through a facial tattoo. Hence the name of my artwork ‘A Crowded Table’ which is referring to the figurative meaning of him carrying his ancestors with him, which is converted to a literal meaning of the table being crowded as he represents his family.
Seen by some (as said by himself) the Tā Moko can come across as intimidating or ‘Gang-Like’ as the stereotype goes. So in the early 90’s he decided to commit to the Tā Moko for the right reasons, for the reasons the Tā Moko was originally intended, in the effort to eradicate the stigma behind modern day reactions. Which here, this artwork, is trying to portray...a man with a old tradition, normalized in todays society and wearing his Tā Moko proudly.
By Matthew Griffin
Tonight was the Mt Eden Normal Primary annual auction. I wasnt sure what to expect on the night but it ended up being a good night with my piece selling to the couple sitting in front of us. Seems like the spot in their house where it is going, is in the front foyer so i look forward to seeing it in the house! Im happy with the price and I also sold a commission piece which I look forward to producing for another couple too!
A self-taught realism artist born and raised in West Auckland, New Zealand.