Alan Griffiths – Australian Indigenous Aboriginal Artist

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Alan Griffiths was born at Victoria River Station, Northern Territory in 1933. He remained there until 1957 when he left to move to Katherine. Here he was head stockman on Beswick Station and then on Elsey Station near Mataranka, Northern Territory as well as Maninbelli Station, Elizabeth Downs, Delamere and Willaroo. Moving onto Wyndham, Western Australia, Alan Griffiths worked as a plumber before settling on Newry Station, again as a stockman as well as a cook. In 1965 he settled in Kununurra, living at Ivanhoe Station operating a tractor on a cotton farm. Alan Griffiths is married to his ‘promised bride’, Peggy Griffiths, and together they have five children, 27 grandchildren and many great grandchildren.

After his retirement from farm work in the early 1980s Alan Griffiths began painting his native country, mapping the significant features and cultural stories of the land. His repertoire of images includes paintings that map and name this country reflecting the artist’s intimate knowledge. His paintings also document traditional stories and corroborees, cattle mustering and camel treks. Today Alan’s ‘signature’ style involves depicted small figures performing corroborees, painted in a playful naive style.

Together with his wife Peggy Griffiths, he is dedicated to teaching traditional dances to his community and family. Alan is a respected law and culture man for both his traditional country near Timber Creek and for Miriwoong culture in Kununurra.

Date of Birth           1933
Skin                         Jangala
Language               Ngarinyman / Ngaliwurru
Country                  Victoria River Downs, N.T.
Domicile                 Kununurra, WA

 

Solo Exhibitions

2006               “Alan Griffiths” CDU Gallery Charles Darwin University Darwin NT

2005                “Traditional Stories” Seva Frangos Art @ Span Galleries Melbourne  VIC

2003               “Camel Trek Country” Span Galleries Melbourne VIC

 

Group Exhibitions

2016               “Family Connections”, Short St Gallery, Broome WA

2016               At Paris, Stephane Jacob and Suzanne O’Connell, Grand Palais, Paris, France

2016               “Birrgamibging Merndam – Things Made on Paper”, Tunbridge Gallery, Perth WA

2016               “Birrgamibging Merndam – Things Made on Paper”, Tunbridge Gallery, Perth WA

2015               Works of Significance, Tandanya Aboriginal Cultural Institute, TARNANTHI, Adelaide SA

2015               Salon15, Paul Johnstone Gallery, Darwin NT

2014               31st NATSIAA (National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award) Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory Darwin NT

2014               In the Saddle, On the Wall, national touring exhibition, Kimberley Aboriginal Artists

2013               Traversing Borders: Art from the Kimberley, Queensland University of Technology Art Museum, Brisbane QLD

2013               Muswellbrook Art Prize, Muswellbrook Regional Art Centre

2013               “Our Living Land” An Exhibition of Leading Artists from the East Kimberley, Salvo Hotel, Shanghai, China

2013               “Ceremony” Hurstville Museum & Gallery, Hurstville NSW

2013               Waltzing Matilda Outback Art Show, Outback Regional Gallery, Winton QLD

2013               Waringarri Artists: Raison dêtre” Galerie Karin Carton, Versailles France

2013               “Our Living Land” An Exhibition of Leading Artists from the East Kimberley, OFOTO ANART Gallery, Shanghai, China

2013               30th NATSIAA (National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award) Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory Darwin NT

2012               “Sculpture is Everything – Contemporary works from the collection” Gallery of Modern Art Brisbane QLD

2012               NATSIAA MAGNT Darwin NT

2012               “Sharing Difference on Common Ground” The Cannery Arts Centre, Esperence

2012               “Sharing Difference on Common Ground” Geraldton Regional Art Gallery, Geraldton

2012              “Sharing Difference on Common Ground” Bunbury Regional Art Galleries, Bunbury

2011              “Sharing Difference on Common Ground” Alcoa Mandurah Art Gallery, Mandurah

2010              “Northern Impressions” Northern Editions and Artback NT Touring Exhibition

2010              “Small Presents Big Presence – 8 Artists 100 Artworks” Seva Frangos Art Perth WA

2010              “Sharing Difference on Common Ground” CCAE Darwin NT

2009              “Best of the Best” Framed Gallery Darwin NT

2009              “Alan & Peggy Griffiths” Short Street Gallery Broome WA

2009              “Sharing Difference on Common Ground” Holmes A Court Gallery Perth WA

2008              “Kimberley Ink and Ochre” Wollongong University NSW

2006              “Celebration” Seva Frangos Art Perth WA

2005              “When Waringarri Came to Town” Woolloongabba Art Gallery Brisbane QLD

2005              “Indigenous Art” Australian Embassy Paris France

2005               “Kimberley Ink” Northern Editions Darwin NT

2004                Kimberley Focus Concert Hall Perth International Arts Festival

2004                Hunter Art 1 Newcastle Regional Gallery Newcastle NSW

2004                Waringarri Song and Dance Cycle Sunken Gardens UWA Perth

2003                “Moon Show” Arthouse Gallery Rushcutters Bay Sydney NSW

2003                “Kimberley Art” Short Street Gallery Broome WA

2002                 Heyson Prize Adelaide SA

2002                 Kimberely Ochre Cullen Bay Darwin NT

2002                 “Warrgebarenkoo” Fremantle Arts Centre Perth WA

2001                 “Groundwork” Fremantle Arts Centre Perth Wa

2001                 “All About Art” Alcaston Gallery Melbourne VIC

2001                 “New Wave Kimberley Art” Seva Frangos Art Margaret River WA

2000                 “National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award” Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory Darwin NT

1999                 “Kimberley Art Award” Kununurra WA

1999                 “National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award” Museum and Gallery of Northern Territory Darwin NT

1997                 “National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award” Museum and Gallery of Northern Territory Darwin NT

1995                  Fremantle Print Award Perth WA

 

Collections

Art Equity Collection
Art Gallery Of Queensland
Artbank Australia Sydney
Bachelor Institute Of Advanced Education Darwin NT
Broadmeadows Health Service Collection, Melbourne
Cable Beach Resort, Broome (Commission)
City Of Perth Collection
Edith Cowan University Collection, Perth
Kluge Ruhe Aboriginalart Collection Virginia Usa
Musee De Confluence Lyons France
National Gallery Of Australia Collection
Parliament House Collection Canberra
Royal Perth Hospital Collection
University Of Wollongong Collection Nsw
Water Corporation Wa Collection
Zhongfu Group Collection
Art Gallery Of Western Australia
National Gallery Of Australia Canberra
Department Of Housing, Government Of Western Australia
Ronald Mcdonald House
Wesfarmers Collection Of Australian Art, Perth

 

Awards

2015 Living Treasure, Department of Culture and the Arts, WA

 

Publications

2009               Sharing Difference on Common Ground, Touring Exhibition Catalogue

2013               Our Living Land, Exhibition Catalogue

2010               Alan Griffiths, Documentary Alex Smee

2006               Arts Backbone, Vol. 6, March 2006.

2004               Perth International Arts Festival Catalogue, February, 2004.

2002               Berndt Museum Newsletter, September, 2002.

 

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