Originally from Holywell, Gareth Griffiths is a Welsh Sculptor living in Leeds. He studied Sculpture at Bretton Hall College (University of Leeds), and went on to complete a masters in design from Leeds Metropolitan University.
Griffiths was elected a member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 2015 and was shortlisted for the prestigious Welsh Young Artist of the Year Award. In 2015 he was invited to discuss his work on S4C and was interviewed on BBC Radio Wales.
His recent sculptures are influenced by the West Coast American architecture movement Googie. The term is derived from a coffee shop designed by John Lautner in West Hollywood in 1949 and was a sub-division of Futurist Architecture. Originally appearing in commercial buildings, Googie was devised by a pioneering group of architects who sought to design buildings that stood out. Its distinctive style was achieved by using stylistic flowing lines, abstract cut-outs, upswept roofs, boomerang shapes and bold use of glass, steel, and neon. This was underwritten by the use of new technologies, meaning architects could create buildings that were works of art, rather than the plain, staid, functional buildings that had previously crowded the West Coast landscape.
The artist’s work has been exhibited at Tate Liverpool and various outdoor exhibitions at Birtley House, Guilford, Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Hampshire, Tarpey Gallery in Castle Donington and Mount Pleasant Gardens, Cheshire. He has also exhibited internationally, notably in Italy where he was shortlisted for a public sculpture in Corino, Turin.
Griffith’s sculptures are held in private collections in Europe and the U.S, and his work is on permanent display at Michael O’Hare’s restaurant The Man Behind the Curtain in Leeds.