Michelle Griffiths VPRE

The French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu used the term ‘Habitus’ to describe a system of dispositions; schemes of perception, thought and actions, tastes and preferences which define the individual. It is the observation of such characteristics and the way in which we as individuals relate to each other and to the world around us that informs my work. The content of my paintings, drawings and prints is generated as abstract imagery, but the forms and language of mark-making that develop are intended to be analogies for human dispositions and interaction. In short, people-watching can be illuminating and fun, or even shocking or nasty, depending on what they are doing; but whatever they are doing tends to reveal something of the human condition and it is that that interests me and informs my work. Michelle Griffiths studied Fine Art at Brighton where she completed her degree in painting followed by a postgraduate year in printmaking. She has exhibited widely with 24 solo exhibitions throughout the UK including Bournemouth University (2009), the University of Winchester (2002), Pallant House, Chichester (2000) and Southampton City Art Gallery (1991). Her work has been included in mixed and group exhibitions throughout the world. In recent years, she has had work shown in biennales in the USA, Spain, Portugal, Bulgaria, Canada and the UK. Her work is in numerous public and private collections including the Arts Council England, The Ashmolean Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers.