Born: Maesycwmmer, Wales.
Lives: Cardiff, Wales.
1969 - 1972 Dip AD (Fine Art) Gloucestershire College of Art, Cheltenham.
1972 - 1975 MA (RCA) (Fine Art) Royal College of Art, London.
1975 - 1976 ATC Cardiff College of Art.
Selected Exhibition Venues (one to four person).
Norwegian Church Art Centre, Cardiff Bay.
Washington Gallery, Penarth.
Attic Gallery, Swansea.
St David's Hall, Cardiff.
Albany Gallery, Cardiff.
Rhondda Heritage Park, Porth.
Royal West of England Academy, Bristol.
Fountain Fine Art, Llandeilo.
Oriel Canfas, Cardiff.
Kooywood Gallery, Cardiff.
Chris Griffin was born in Maesycwmmer, Mid Glamorgan and graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1975. He is a member of the Welsh Group, the Royal Watercolour Society of Wales and has a studio at Oriel Canfas in Cardiff where he is a member of the Old Library Artists Ltd.
The formal qualities of the South Wales landscape provide the cornerstone on which his paintings are built: the disparate and dynamic shapes, the colours and textures of the landscape, are his starting points. Through the painting process colours and shapes sometimes take on a life of their own and the colour schemes become rich and emotional. By scraping and repainting he achieves a worked and textured surface that evokes the rugged landscape. His subjects are the valleys that he knows so well, the chapels, terraces and the steep hillsides. His paintings are a lyrical and expressive statement that celebrate this landscape and its history.