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Figurative and abstract artist in various media, born in Maes-y-cwmmer, Mid-Glamorgan, who studied fine art at Gloucestershire College of Art in Cheltenham and at Royal College of Art. He was a freelance artist then from 1977, showing at RA Summer Exhibition, Riverside Gallery in Crickhowell and at 1993 Wales Art Fair, Cardiff. Rural and industrial scenes of south Wales were a speciality. Ten-year retrospective at Oriel Washington Gallery, Penarth, 2002. Good examples of Griffin’s work, using a fierce red and orange palette, were included in Welsh Painters Past and Present, organised in 2005 by John Davies Fine Paintings at Upper Swell, Stow-on-the-Wold, although latterly the artist concentrated on showing in the principality. Griffin won the Anstruther Prize at the Royal College of Art in 1975, a National Prize Winner in the Laing Landscape Competition in 1997 and a Regional Prize Winner in 1998.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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