Griffen’s work is rooted in observations of the human condition and employs heavy, inconsistent line work and non-traditional water-colour to depict people and objects. The result is a form of abstract portraiture that depicts the broad spectrum of society, from our collective foibles and angst to our unadulterated beauty and allure. Griffen’s oeuvre comments on the challenges we face both personally and as a collective, with his most recent show employing sculpture and sound as well as painting to question the impact the digital revolution has on our lives.


KEN GRIFFEN (b. 1988) grew up in Auckland, New Zealand. In 2006 he was awarded a University Scholarship for Visual Arts. He went on to graduate with Excellence in a Bachelor of Graphic Design from AUT in 2009. Since his graduation, Griffen has under taken two artist-in-residency programmes in Berlin and L A, and has held several solo exhibitions since.


His commercial background has routs in Art & Creative Direction running his own company, Roaring Fork working with brands such as Audi, Lorde, Huffer, Auckland Art Fair, G-shock, NO magazine.

2016 — Grey Area, Parlour Projects, Hastings, NZ

2016 — Runaway, Precinct 35, Wellington, NZ

2015 — Subconscious, The Grey Zone, Berlin, Germany

2015 — Face Value, All Press Gallery, Auckland, NZ

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