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.
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; UK; 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.