Cable Griffith: Approaching Lanka

Last week I blogged about Garden and Cosmos at the Seattle Asian Art Museum:

If you’re in Seattle and you haven’t seen the show, do see it…  And buy this exquisite catalog if you can. I predict it will prove an invaluable resource in pinpointing where all the artists in town are stealing their best ideas from for years to come.

Over the weekend, Seattle painter Cable Griffith posted the following image on Facebook:

Cable Griffith. Approaching Lanka. Acrylic on canvas, 2009.  22 x 28 inches.

Cable Griffith. Approaching Lanka. Acrylic on canvas, 2009. 22 x 28 inches.

The artist explains,

An exhibit I recently saw at the Seattle Asian Art Museum inspired this one.  The pinkish form in the rear right is directly influenced by some of the Indian stylistic simplifications of natural form, especially the representation of hills. Thematically, this painting refers to the mythic battle of Lanka between Rama and Ravana.

It works perfectly.  The palette and shapes of his other recent work are here, but so is a fresh take on composition and an exciting new dynamism in the interaction of the parts.

There’s plenty more inspiration where that came from, so go see this show!  And while you’re at it, check out Cable Griffith’s work at Some Space Gallery, where he has an exhibition through March 28.

~ by emilypothast on March 24, 2009.

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