Michael Griffin

Studio 430

My artistic exploration first led me the Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where I focused my studies on Figure Drawing and Anatomy as well as apprenticing as a sculptor. My post-graduate studies have included classes at the Elizabet Ney museum in Austin, TX and drawing classes with a figure drawing society at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, where I set up a painting studio. My wide ranging artistic interests have led me from portrait painting and sculpture, to mural work and trompe l’oeil. 

Concurrent to my artistic career, a strong desire to serve others led me to spend time in the Army reserves training as a medic and finally to become a career firefighter. Working in the community for the safety and well-being of others has given me a new perspective on the world and continues to provide constant inspiration for my work. Through art, I explore the human condition, the duality of lightness and darkness, personal conviction and the strength to overcome internal and external adversity. With my love for traditional materials and techniques, I strive to tell these new stories with an old language.