Wondrous Talent

In the past few months I have been finding inspiration from fewer and fewer sources because everything I see looks the same.  This makes me sad. I’m sure you have heard the quote “good artists borrow, great artists steal”…  I never want to be that girl.  So, every time I find an artist that is unique I feel the need to praise this person for being themselves.  These artists show the world who they really are, what they really feel. They don’t use bright colors because their favorite artist does. When you find a creative person like that you really have to stick with them. They will constantly inspire you to bring out your real interest in your work.

By the way, I’m not saying that those who “borrow” aren’t good artists. Many of them are, but there’s a whole new level of talent exposed when someone  can create their own work.


I want to share my newest, most fascinating inspiration: Carne Griffiths

Bio (according to DeviantArt)

Born in Liverpool and spent much of his childhood drawing. Studied Illustration at Maidstone college of Art in 1992 graduating with a 1st class BA Hons in 1995, made a fellow of the college along with colleague Dan Baldwin. Together they curated the Shynola exhibition at Islington’s Candid Arts Gallery in 1996.

Early influences include the animated work of the Brothers Quay, the drawings of Andre Masson, Paul Klee and Leonardo Da Vinci as well as the influence of outsider artists Adolf Wolfli, Scottie Wilson, Henry Darger and the drawings of Antonin Artaud.

Started work with M. Hand & Company in 1999, A two-year apprenticeship led to a 12 year career, becoming Creative Director and producing elaborate hand drawn embroidery designs for a range of prestigious clients including HRH the Prince of Wales, The Sultan of Oman, Ralph Lauren, Tom Ford, Asprey, Chanel, Burberry and many of London’s Savile Row tailors, as well as designing for films The Last King of Scotland, Valkyrie, The Phantom of the Opera and costume embroidery design for the musical Wicked. In 2008 carne designed the front cover for the royal variety performances 80th anniversary.

First Solo show in Jan 2009 with drawings, based on the automatic process, and created the company 100 square feet in November of 2009 bringing together artists from all backgrounds to show their work alongside established professionals, 100 pieces in a 10′ x 10′ grid [link]

Pieces from the Harvest, Carne’s new collection of work were shown at Arts AfterDark, Art Egg Studios in New Orleans in October 2010, the piece Rose appeared at the London Art Fair in 2011 represented by Eyestorm and at the London Original Print Fair at the Royal Academy.

Current Residence: East London
deviantWEAR sizing preference: S
Favourite genre of music: mixed bag
Favourite style of art: surrealist automatic drawing
Operating System: w7
Favourite cartoon character: popeye
Personal Quote: lose yourself















Links to his work:


Etsy Shop

Carne Griffiths

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