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June Issue 2010

Shain Gallery in Charlotte, NC, Features Works by Tony Griffin

New paintings by local artist Tony Griffin will be on view at Shain Gallery in Charlotte, NC, from June 18 - 30, 2010.

Anthony Griffin is a classically-trained American artist whose work transcends the academic realism of his early years in favor of a more intuitive and evocative style.

In 1970, at the age of eleven, Griffin embarked on his artistic journey in Florence, Italy. While attending the American International School of Florence (AISF), he lived and apprenticed with renowned fresco artist Ben Long. During this time, Griffin also received instruction from Signorina Nera Simi and internationally-renowned Italian Master Pietro Annigoni.

Griffin's early artistic training was heavily influenced by the Renaissance masters - a style and set of artistic ideals that was enjoying another renaissance in Florence's dynamic community of expatriate artists of the 1970's (and which persists to this day). With a solid foundation in academic drawing, Griffin briefly returned to the United States in 1974 to attend the North Carolina School of the Arts (1974-1975) and, later, permanently returned to attend the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art (1979-1983). He received full, merit-based scholarships to both institutions, studying under the likes of Ben Kamihira, Sydney Goodman, Arthur De Costa, and Lou Sloan.

Since then, Griffin's style has evolved from a deep-rooted understanding of the academic approach into a more personal and sincere interpretation of his experiences and surroundings. He is a perceptual painter; his work is based on observation and direct response. Indeed, while Griffin remains faithful to the principles and ideals of his classical training, his work has developed into a looser, more confident style - a testament not only to his skill, but to his personal artistic vision. Currently, Griffin spends most of his time between the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina and Charlotte.

Located in beautiful Myers Park, Shain Gallery has been on the forefront of the North Carolina art scene since 1998. The gallery represents many leading national and regional artists, and recently won the "Best of the Best Award" for best Charlotte gallery.

For further information check our NC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 704/334-7744 or visit (www.shaingallery.com).

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