Gareth Griffiths is a sculptor from North Wales. He studied sculpture at Bretton Hall, University of Leeds, where he graduated in 2002, and subsequently went on to complete a Master’s in Design from Leeds Metropolitan in 2004. Recently Griffiths was elected as a member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors.
Griffiths’ sculptures are influenced by Googie architecture. Googie architecture originated with a John Lautner-designed coffee shop in West Hollywood. This style of architecture developed after WWII and became especially notable during the 50s and 60s as part of the Mid-Century Modern style. Originally appearing in commercial buildings and used primarily for restaurants, coffee shops, motels, gas stations and bowling alleys, architects at the time wanted to design buildings that stood out from others.
Features of Googie include upswept roofs, curvaceous, geometric shapes, and bold use of glass, steel and neon. Googie was also characterized by Space Age designs symbolic of motion; boomerangs, flying saucers, atoms and parabolas, and free-form designs such as "soft" parallelograms and an artist's palette motif. These stylistic conventions can clearly be seen in Griffiths’ sculptures and are further emphasized by the bold, primary colors that he uses.
Griffiths has exhibited across the UK in Liverpool, Leeds, Cardiff, London, as well as in Europe and America. Internationally, he has exhibited in Prague, and was also shortlisted for a public sculpture in Corino, Turin, Italy. His work can be seen in private collections across Europe and America and is currently on permanent display at Michael O’hares Michelin starred restaurant “The Man Behind the Curtain” in Leeds.
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