Peter Griffin British, 1947-2020

Ideally, I would like to think that paintings ask questions rather than give answers and that they deal in the area of poetry rather than that of reportage.

Peter Griffin

In addition to an extensive group exhibition record of over thirty shows, 

Peter Griffin has an impressive solo exhibition history spanning over forty years. 


Select shows include:

Galleri GL Lejre, Copenhagen Denmark, 2020, 2018, 2017, 2016 2015, 2014, 2012

Broadbent Gallery, London, 2018, 2016, 2005, 2002 and 2001

Maddox Arts, 2015, 2011 and 2008

A Twenty Year Retrospective, The Mark Rothko Centre Daugavpils, Latvia, 2015

Gallery of Contemporary Art, University of Shiaulia, Vilnis, Lithuania, 2014 and 2013

Centro de Bicenteneri Salta, Argentina, 2011

Maddox Gallery, London, 2008

Centro Cultural Saint Clemente, Toledo, Spain, 2007

Wakefield City Art Gallery, Yorkshire, 2006

The Alcazar and The Fundacion Ortega Y Gasset Toledo, Spain, 2004

Centre Cultural Borges, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2002

Gallerie Brulee, Strasbourg, France, 2000

The European Council, Strasbourg, 2000 

1994 Beattie Gallery, Sydney Australia, 1994 

Maak Gallery, London, 1993

Austin Desmond Fine Art, London, 1991

Gallery Gloria, Nicosia, Cyprus, 1991

Herbert Reed Gallery, Canterbury, 1986

Galleria Gregorgiana, Rome Italy, 1986 

St Pauls Gallery, Leeds, 1985

Bede Gallery, Jarrow, 1984’ Wolfson College, Oxford University, 1982 and Galleria Machi, Pisa Italy, 1979


Peter Griffin is the recipient of various awards and honours including The Wingate Fellowship for Humanities in the Arts, 1992; The Rome Scholarship in Painting, 1977-79 and the Anstruther Purchase Award, 1977. Residencies include Vermont Studio Centre, Vermont, 2012; The Rothko Foundation, Latvia, 2009; University of New South Wales, Australia, 1994; Triangle International Artists Workshop, New York, 1993; Cyprus College of Art, Paphos, 1987-91; Hospitalfield House, Arbroath, 1986; International Cite des Arts, Paris, France, 1975. 


Special projects include the Identities collaboration with the playwright and novelist Ariel Dorfman, Riverside Studios, London with tours to Wren Library, Trinity College Cambridge, 1999-2000, and the designing and painting of the stage set for Victor Jara Memorial Concerts, Royal Festival Hall, London and Estadio Chile, Santiago, 1998; and Sealed With Fire (Images of Neruda) European Academy London, touring to Buenos Aires, Concepcion and Santiago, Chile, 1997-1998.


Griffin’s work is found in private and public collections including museums such as the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; Louisiana Museum of Contemporary Art, Louisiana, United States; Trinity College, Cambridge University. Additional important collections include the Mark Rothko Centre, Daugavpils, Latvia; University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; Royal College of Art, London, UK; Triangle Arts, New York; Cyprus Airways; Fundacion Pablo Neruda, Santiago, Chile; Fundacion Salvador Allende, Santiago, Chile and the Wakefield City Art Gallery, Yorkshire. Select private collections include The Rothko Family Collection, New York and collections in Australia, Argentina, Chile, China, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Lebanon, Spain and the United States.