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I had a great conversation with British artist Mitch Griffiths. Mitch paints beautiful figurative paintings that are charged with arresting contemporary themes. His solo shows are highly anticipated and in 2016 he had a landmark show in the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg in Russia. In this episode he shares his many years of experience as a professional artist and includes some great advice for young artists.
We talk about dark chocolate, Taylor Swift, donkeys, pyramids, texting, and art, lots of art and painting . . .
Here are the main points of what we talk about:
- Oiling out,
- Model choices,
- Reference materials,
- Working with models,
- Skin tones,
- Influences and inspirations,
- Artistic path,
- Hermitage exhibition,
- Common mistakes,
- Overarching themes,
- Social media,
- Contemporary art,
- Most moving painting to make,
- Big art dreams,
- Artistic challenges,
Most moving painting to make . . .
Referenced in the podcast . . .
Some of the artists Mitch likes . . .
- Mark Evans ————- @markevansart
- Justin Mortimer ——— @justinmortimerartist
- Antony Micallef ——— @antonymicallef
- Jake Wood Evans —– @jakewoodevans
- Aleah Chapin ———– @aleah_chapin
- Pamela Wilson ——— @pammyw222
- Amaya Gurpide ——– @amayagurpide
- Colleen Barry ———– @colleenbarryart
- Dorielle Caimi ———- @doriellecaimi
- Nicolas Uribeart ——- @nicolasuribeb
- Jordon Sokol ———– @jordan_sokol
- Adam Miller ———— @adammillerart
- Jeremy Geddes ——- @jeremyispainting
- David Kassan ——— @davidkassan
- Nicola Samori
- Nick Alm —————- @nickalmart
- Francois Bard ——— @francois.bard
- Sainer Etam ———– @sainer_etam
- Demetz Brothers Gehard Demetz —- @geharddemetz | Peter Demetz —– @peterdemetz | @aron_demetz
- Bruno Walpoth ——– @brunowalpoth
- Willy Verninger ——– @verginerwilly
- Kim Young Gi ———- @kimjunggius
Mitch’s palette . . .
Michael Harding oil colours:
Rowney Artists’s oil colour:
Daler Rowney Georgian:
Mitch occasionally uses terre verte, neutral grey, phthalo green lake, vandyke brown.
He doesn’t use black. “My dark tones are a mixture of the ‘mud’ on my palette created by the constant mixing and muddying of the colours above. This helps the painting come together as a whole.”
Other artists mentioned in this episode who have been on the podcast . . .
Thanks for listening!
Theme music by The Argyle Pimps. Thanks lads.