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 / New York (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 from AUT (Auckland University of Technology) in 2009. Since his graduation, Griffen has done two artist-in-residency programmes in Berlin and L A, and has held several solo exhibitions.


The Therapist's Office, Gallery 1969, Lower East Side, New York (group)
Four Eyes Twelve Months, ROSSA, Brooklyn, New York (solo)
Art Book Fair, PS1, Queens New York (Zine)


Grey Area, Parlour Projects, Hastings, NZ (Solo)


Runaway, Precinct 35, Wellington, NZ (Solo)
Ceremony, Auckland NZ (Group)


Subconscious, The Zone, Berlin, Germany (Solo)
The Worst Generation, Gilberd Marriott gallery, Wellington, NZ (Group)
Face Value, All Press Gallery, Auckland, NZ
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