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Laura Moreton-Griffiths

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Birthplace
Nuneaton

Birth year
1967

Lives in
London

Works in
Peckham

Website

Schools
CAMBERWEL COLLEGE OF ART, 2008

Tags
time travel, magical realism, storytelling, quiet politics, subversive

Quietly Political Storytelling

Laura Moreton Griffiths’ paintings and drawings are a wry convergence of social and magical realism. Backwards and into the future and existing out of time in a dysfunctional melancholy world, the characters are taken from preindustrial painting and ceramics. On the surface, the scenes appear bucolic, yet within the familiar and whimsical, Laura’s themes are quietly subversive and are about the underbelly of Englishness, and contemporary anxiety

Working in ink and oil, each piece is a painstakingly constructed tableau of cultural and art historical references developed from collages of other artist’s work, found imagery and photography. She uses the idiom of the 18th century to describe the 21st, conflating past and present in one pictorial event. Each element is selected because it socially and historically encapsulates the time in which it was made, the story it tells and its resonance today. Excavating and subverting the historical and visual references new narratives emerge that quietly talk of social taboos, urban decay, class, and suggested violence;  visual poems perceptively observed

Laura uses traditional techniques with a contemporary sensibility. The ink drawings are strikingly minimal and deceptively simple and recall folk art, woodcuts and graphic novels. They are worked up using overlapping forms in outline, each line thickened and every angle rounded off, balanced with negative space. The paintings use techniques gleaned from old painting manuals and books: working with coloured grounds, under painting, blocking in areas of light and dark, layers and glazes and scumbling, and working wet in wet

 Laura Moreton Griffiths was born in Nuneaton, England in 1967. She studied at Camberwell College of Arts, graduating in 2008 with a degree in Painting. She lives and works in London. Shortlisted for The 2010 Jerwood Drawing Prize, Laura exhibits widely and has work in private collections within the UK and abroad

Recent Exhibits

Laura Moreton-Griffiths participated in these exhibits:

Jan, 2014 THAT'S NOT WHAT
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Exhibited with these artists
Laura Moreton-Griffiths has Exhibited with these artists:

CHRISTOPHER CLACK Dom Lawson
VJ Moreton Laurence Noga
Terry Ryan Tanis Shaw
Sonia Stanyard
Exhibited at these venues
Laura Moreton-Griffiths has Exhibited at these venues:

Hide Gallery Leathermarket
curated with these artists
Laura Moreton-Griffiths has curated with these artists:

CHRISTOPHER CLACK Dom Lawson
VJ Moreton Laurence Noga
Terry Ryan Tanis Shaw
Sonia Stanyard
curated at these venues
Laura Moreton-Griffiths has curated at these venues:

Hide Gallery Leathermarket
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