David Griffin

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David Griffin

United States


Painting is more than a vocation “ My paintings are direct observations, results of a life and heritage spent close to the Land, the People, the West. It’s a calling to satisfy a desire to speak in a visual medium, telling stories; all the time looking West”. My ability to portray this subject is not without it’s own struggles. Painting is hard work, but I’m committed to communicating the story in a passionate way, with honesty, and the vitality the subject deserves.

Born in 1952, David grew up in Lubbock, Texas. After studying Fine Art at Texas Tech University, he was invited to participate in the first Illustrators Workshop, New York, where he studied with Bernie Fuchs, Mark English and Bob Peak. His work was recognized many times by the Illustrators Annual National Show during the 1970-1980’s. In 1990, he began to devote his full time to painting professionally. Early on, he had the opportunity to study with Bettina Steinke and James Reynolds. In addition to having work featured in articles including
Cowboys and Indians, Victoria, Dallas Morning News, Western Art Collector, Southwestern Art (cover and feature Oct. 2013) and corporate collections. Selected awards include; Oil Painters of America National show ( Award of Excellence), Salon International ( jury top 50 award). These awards accompany the following prestigious national shows and awards;
Coors National Western Art Exhibit 2010-2020( present);
2015 two- man show National Ranching Heritage Museum, 2015 American Impressionist Society National Exhibition, Maynard Dixon Invitational 2016 ( awarded Silver Thunderbird for best body of work). 2017-2020 InSight Gallery Texas Master Show InSight Gallery,
2019 Art Renewal Center 14th ARC International Salon (winner of second place;Landscape category and also an Honorable Mention), in addition David was awarded the American Legacy Fine Art Award and given the opportunity to participate in the American Legacy Fine Art Gallery’s show in 2020. Also in 2019 David was selected as a Texas Centennial Painter and commissioned to produce paintings to commemorate The 100 year anniversary of the Texas State Parks. Most recently the Coors National Western Art Exhibition and Sale (Denver) honored David by selecting him as their feature artist for the 2021 National Show.

David’s work is represented by these prestigious galleries, InSight Gallery, Fredericksburg,Tx. and Legacy Galleries, Scottsdale Az.

David and his wife Lorna live in Dallas, where they raised their three children, Ryan, Elizabeth, and Michael.
email; davidgriffinstudio@sbcglobal.net
website; davidgriffinstudio.com

* This statement has been provided directly by the artist in association to their 15th International ARC Salon entries. This content has not been edited for typos or grammatical errors and has not been vetted for accuracy.