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Joseph Griffith is consumed by the act of methodically blending the strange, the contemporary, and odd historical curiosities into an intermingling of visual pleasures. By the mid-80s, his love of science, history, and pop culture left a lifelong impression on Griffith, and so his expression through art began.

Drawing upon the influence of masters like Van Eyck, Trumbull, and Van der Helst, the inspired works of Joseph Griffith are also derived from his odd dreams, each documented in a handmade sketchbook kept by his bedside. Eventually, these splinters of vision become art. His work has been described as postmodern, surreal, and lowbrow.

Over the past decade Griffith has been involved in charity auctions and gallery exhibits. He is a regular contributor to the Montana Skatepark Association's annual charity auction and was a 2009 British Design & Art Direction Finalist in the Poster Design Category. His painting "The Surrender" is often the subject of art interpretation discussion in public schools and has appeared in several books including Kelly Gallagher's Write Like This. In 2012, he fulfilled a lifelong dream by riding the original Falcor prop from the Neverending Story. The following year, his painting "Barnacles Bark at the Sky" was selected as the official design for the 31st annual Hampton Bay Days. He most recently has created graphics for the interactive exhibits at the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum in Williamsport, PA and the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, GA.

Joseph Griffith has an MFA from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, graduating cum laude, and studied under Shannon Thomas at Weta Digital. He currently lives in York County, Virginia where he creates art alongside the picturesque Chesapeake Bay. His studio is lined with his original Nintendo collection, various fossils, arcade machines, and inspirational art from other artists. When not hard at work in his studio, he enjoys spending his time in the water surfing and fishing.


           - bio by Kelli Malella, Metal Blade Records

 

 

   


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