Saatchi Painted Faces Showdown at the Griffin Gallery

18 December 2013 § Leave a comment

Following on from the Griffin Art Prize 2013 Exhibition – which is now on the road around the South of England for a few months (see post) – the Griffin Gallery are transferring Saatchi’s Showdown from the virtual online world in to reality.

Miguel Laino

The winner of the prize has been announced as Miguel Laino for his simple but expressive small oil painting shown here, winning over a very high quality – and truly international – final ten. The remaining finalists were: Chris Stevens, Casper Verborg (illustrated middle left), Stephane Villafane, Kristina Alisauskaite (middle right), Sergey Dyomin, Fiona Maclean, Minas Halaj, Maurice Sapiro, Daniel Gonzalez Coves (bottom).

Saatchi online Griffin Gallery

Painted Faces is one phase of a continuing Saatchi Online competition that provides artists from anywhere in the world a showcase for their work. Chantal Joffe was the judge for this event.  Previous judges have been equally big names of the contemporary art world and Barnaby Furnas, Ged Quinn, Wangechi Mutu and Dexter Dalwood have for example run their eyes over entries.


For the first time the works of the 10 Showdown finalists are being shown at the Griffin Gallery, from 5- 20 December with the winner and runner-up receiving art materials to the value of £1000 and £500 respectively – not bad I’d say.

The competition is being run in partnership with Winsor & Newton and is on at the West London Griffin Gallery until 20th December 2013. This is an excellent small show which is a short stroll from Westfield shopping centre – why not take a break from the Christmas shopping and drop in for an artistic break – or a more arty gift? All works are on sale and modestly priced.

For more details about the competition please go to

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The Griffin Art Prize 2013 winners – Luke George & Elizabeth Rose

6 November 2013 § 3 Comments

The winner of the prestigious Griffin Art Prize 2013 has just been announced this evening. At the awards event at the Griffin Gallery in West London the artist duo Luke George & Elizabeth Rose were announced as this years deserving winners.

Luke George & Elizabeth Rose

Their expressive painted abstracts wooed the judges Zavier Ellis (from Charlie Smith), Andrew Grassie, Jessica Lack and Jenny Linden Urnes. Subtly coloured and delicate despite their size they are very impressive works and it will be exciting to see their exhibition at Griffin Gallery next year after their near year-long residency.

George & Rose

George & Rose

The prize is an exciting opportunity for emerging artists in painting and drawing and has already built a reputation for producing shortlists and exhibitions featuring some quite outstanding new talent. It is supported by the world’s leading fine art brands, Winsor & NewtonLiquitex and Conté à Paris. The prize offers one outstanding candidate a six month residency in the Studio Building, 21, Evesham street, London W11 4AJ. A large, well-lit studio, materials and a small financial allowance are provided for the winning artist to develop new work for a one-person show in the Griffin Gallery, London W11.


Meanwhile the 20 artists selected for the long list of the Griffin Art Prize 2013 will have their work featured on the Griffin Gallery website and will receive a year’s membership of

An exhibition of 10 short-listed artists will be held in November 2013 at the Griffin Gallery. The short list exhibition will tour to High House Gallery, Oxon in January 2014 and White Moose, Devon,  in February 2014.

Griffin Gallery The Studio Building21 Evesham StreetLondon W11 4AJ   +44 208 424 3239

High House Gallery Main Street, Clanfield, Oxon OX18 2SH  +44 1367 810126

Artist image courtesy of Kallaway Live

Shortlist Announced for The Griffin Art Prize 2013

20 October 2013 § 5 Comments

The shortlist for the excellent, recently-established Griffin Art Prize (GAP) has just been announced and it is truly excellent. I am very impatiently looking forward to the PV to see who the winner may be from the the fine artists selected. Rae Hicks, Susannah Douglas and Mary Wintour have particularly caught my eye – but all would be worthy winners.

For those unfamiliar with this competition it is an open submission competition, supported by artists materials supplier Colarts, for those artists who have graduated in the last 5 years and whose primary medium is painting or drawing.

Susannah Douglas

Susannah Douglas

It also has probably one of the most desirable prizes of all graduate shows:  a years use of a very large studio space with the additional benefit of a virtually unlimited supply of materials from top fine art brands: Winsor & Newton, Liquitex and Conté à Paris. The studio itself is located in West London next to Colarts‘ state of the art Innovation & Development department, where chemists work on the development of fine art products.

There’s more too – the lucky winning artist will have the time and space to produce work for a one person exhibition in the Griffin Gallery to be shown in 2014.

Mary Wintour

Mary Wintour

In short well-worth winning! This of course means a very high quality batch of applicants from which a  ‘longlist’ of twenty was selected. The following very talented ten artists have now been selected for the shortlist (click on each name to link to a selection of their work): Eleanor BedlowSusannah DouglasHelen FrankGeorge and RoseRae HicksEmily MooreScott RobertsonYuhwa SonMary Wintour and Nicole Wong.

Emily Moore

Emily Moore

The winner will be announced at a private view of the Griffin Art Prize 2013 Shortlist Exhibition on November 6 – please contact the Grifin Gallery if you are interested in obtaining an invitation (no charge). The exhibition will run from the 7 November for about a month.

The Griffin Art Prize 2013, The Griffin Gallery, The Studio Building, 21 Evesham Street, London W11 4AJ

Tel +44 208 424 3239


George & Rose

George & Rose

Helen Frank

Helen Frank


young gods at the griffin gallery

21 January 2013 § Leave a comment

For those not acquainted with the recently-opened Griffin Gallery it is a great new space on the ground floor of Colarts in West London. A manufacturer of artists products – Winsor & Newton, Liquitex, Conte a Paris being examples – they are also keen supporters of contemporary art in the UK.

Steven AllanIts current show, Young Gods, is taking place simultaneously across two locations in west and east London. Selected and curated by Zavier Ellis, director of Shoreditch gallery Charlie Smith and co-founder of The Future Can Wait, the exhibition will be a multi-disciplinary presentation of London’s most exciting graduates from the summer of 2012.

Griffin GalleryFocusing on the theme of artists’ materials at the Griffin Gallery, this exhibition includes four painters in Steven Allan, Andrew Leventis, Sikelela Owen and Sheila Wallis and there is not a weak link between them. Allan actually emerged on the scene a couple of years back – his striking large format canvases featuring bizarre scenes enacted by inanimate objects like bananas and pots. Saatchi liked them enough to buy and he is now a well-established presence in a number of good London galleries with a price tag that reflects this.

Andrew LeventisIn complete contrast Leventis, a Goldsmiths graduate, paints small scale, finely rendered canvases that feature enigmatic everyday interiors that also engage with the histories of art and television. Here The Dreaming is an almost photographic rendering of a dimly lit unmade bed marked by its mysterious absence of a person.

Sheila WallisSheila Wallis works are tiny – a few inches across – but are immaculately painted in a monochrome palette appropriate to the, deliberately contrasting, historical source images.

Sikelela OwenThe last painter, Sikelela Owen makes loose, figurative works of family and friends that hark back to early Modernist paintings with an undefined and exotic mystery.

Last but not least in this excellent small show sculptor George Rae has recreated his life-size clay tree Quercus Robur inside the gallery. Cracking and disintegrating it bemoans the loss of craft in contemporary art.

I can highly recommend a visit, and if the quality is anything to go by the second half of the show at Charlie Smith should be well worth a trip.

Young Gods is at the Griffin Gallery and Charlie Smith until 16 February 2013


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