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Steve Griffin


Over the years I have gradually drifted far from my early photo-realist style of painting. My most recent “Strata” series began in 2007. The basic horizontal stripe compositions in these paintings were initially inspired by landscapes but the end result more closely resembles a cross-section of earth or the strata found in rocks.

The painting process itself is similar to an archeological dig. I apply multiple layers of paint which are eventually sanded and scraped to reveal previously forgotten colors and textures. This method of painting retains an element of chance in an otherwise very structured format. In my most recent paintings I am using old player piano rolls as stencils to create digital looking surfaces.

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