Paintings and artist's books by Noëlle Griffiths

Noelle Griffiths studied Fine Art at St Martin's School of Art, London during 1978-82.  She left London to live in North Wales to paint professionally in 1985, and has taught art part-time since 1987.  Noëlle has received various awards, residencies and travel scholarships, including to Mexico 1996, India 2003 and Galicia, Spain 2006. 

As well as painting, Noëlle has made one-off artist's books since 1988, and editioned books since 2003 when she started Hafod Press.  Hafod Press books are collected and archived by The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth and in collections including the British Library, V&A Museum, Tate, MMU Manchester, Leeds University, University of Creative Arts etc. View Noelle's books

She started the website in 2005 and co-organised the UK touring exhibition 'For the Love of Making Books' 2007-09.  
Noëlle has exhibited regularly in group and solo exhibitions since 1983.  CV for more information

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View paintings 2010-15 Sounds in the Trees 2010-12; Island 2012-14; Layer 2013 and Soft Land 2014-15

View paintings with artist's books 2015-16 Barragán Tree 2015-16

View Projects and News News about exhibitions and book fairs. Documentation about making paintings and artist's books 2008-2015

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It’s very quiet here
This series of paintings draw inspiration from landscape witnessed in all seasons. These intense times of looking, listening, writing and drawing are the starting point for paintings which explore the space between abstraction and figuration.

“It’s very quiet here is often my first sentence when writing notes in the landscape each season.  These notes sometimes include what is happening personally or politically in the wider world at that time. The challenge and dichotomy of how we experience the beauty in this world alongside the troubled times we live in is evident in some of the books I make. These are exhibited alongside books which reflect on loss and grief.”

The paintings in this exhibition explore picture-making using thin, stained and layered paint.  Each painting starts with a memory or sense of place and develops intuitively. “I try to create opportunities for something to happen which I am not expecting.  I like the uncertainty, the call and response of ‘finding’ a painting and the contemplative process of bringing it to a point of resolution.”

It's very quiet here can be seen at STORIEL, Bangor, Gwynedd 3 February - 14 April 2018. Paintings and books will be added to this website after the exhibition. See Projects and News for more information