Carne Griffiths

Working primarily with calligraphy inks, graphite and liquids, such as tea, brandy and vodka Griffiths’ fascination with drawing focuses on the creation and manipulation of the drawn line. Images explore human, geometric and floral forms, in a combination of both literal and abstract translation and in response to images and situations encountered in daily life. Images are recorded in a dreamlike sense onto the page where physical boundaries are unimportant. His work creates a journey of escapism which focuses on scenes of awe and wonder, projecting a sense of abandonment and inviting the viewer to share and explore this inner realm.

Originally from Liverpool, Griffiths graduated from the Kent Institute of Art and Design in Maidstone in 1995. After completing a one-year KIAD fellowship and moving to London he served an apprenticeship at the longest-established gold wire embroidery firm in the world. Here he worked as a gold wire embroidery designer for twelve years, eventually becoming the creative director. Carne produced intricate designs for the military and the film, theatre, fashion and advertising industries. His designs were used for the uniforms in the films Valkyrie, The Last King of Scotland, and in particular his ‘Red Death Coat’ was used in The Phantom of the Opera. Carne’s elaborate floral designs for Asprey were included in their first ever catwalk collection and his work was featured on the embroidered cover of the 80th Royal Variety Performance programme in 2008.

Since establishing his own studio in 2010, Carne has exhibited in the UK at the London Original Print Fair at the Royal Academy, the London Art Fair in both 2011 and 2012, and overseas at Urban in Ibiza in 2011 and Arts After Dark, New Orleans in 2010. Carne also collaborated with the British photographer Rankin for a feature in the 2nd edition of Hunger Magazine early in 2012.

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52 Responses to “Bio”

  1. kasikasi March 17, 2011 at 11:04 am #

    I do admire your work. Its amaizing.

    • carnegriffiths March 17, 2011 at 2:24 pm #

      Thank you

    • Yeside February 17, 2014 at 10:47 pm #

      Just discovered your work via a friend – so innovative, definitive, yet subtle! Thank you. I feel inspired. Where are you exhibiting next?

  2. Ian Pinto August 26, 2011 at 4:51 pm #

    This is amazing stuff… Congrats

  3. Annie August 27, 2011 at 11:45 pm #

    wow. I’m so utterly inspired. I’m only 15, but I just love art… you are brilliant !

  4. Margaux October 20, 2011 at 8:02 pm #

    These are so beautiful! I’m in charge of the Free People Hollywood blog on Facebook, we’re going to feature your art as our artist of the month! Absolutely breathtaking! We’ll send all of our bloggers to your site :) xxo

  5. diaaaana October 24, 2011 at 10:31 pm #

    amazing amaziiing <3 how did this idea come?

  6. Tamara Gregory December 1, 2011 at 7:48 pm #

    Hello Carne,

    I was just given a piece of your work today on my birthday called RELEASE. I just wanted to say thank you for your beautiful work and how it made me feel.

    It has already taken pride of place in my home and I look forward to watching how it changes and effects me with every day I have the privilege of owning it.

    Continue your passion and our joy.

    Tamara Gregory

    • carnegriffiths December 1, 2011 at 11:11 pm #

      Tamara – I am so glad you are happy with Release, thank you for taking the time to write to me about it, and my thanks also to you both for following my work. Best wishes – Carne

  7. Diego December 10, 2011 at 11:15 pm #

    hello Carne
    wrote to tell you how much your amazing and beautiful work, I have been inspired to enter the world of illustration and design
    I hope someday to make at least half of your talent ..


  8. Bree January 9, 2012 at 3:32 am #

    You’ve got some classy work, glad I stumbled upon it.

  9. Izabela March 10, 2012 at 8:50 am #

    So beautiful. I’ve just spotted it walking Tdown the Wanstead High St.I and cannot stopS looking Sat it. I love COMFORT and PARASSITA. What a talent!

  10. Melody May 3, 2012 at 10:55 am #

    Your work is amazing and so inspiring. I am an art student and aspiring illustrator thanks to people like yourself. So thank you.

  11. NyceOrKickRocks_NOKR (@BNyceCLP) June 5, 2012 at 1:58 am #

    More of the same praise from me; found you on Tumblr and I love your work.

  12. mrtaurus July 14, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

    VERY inspired.

  13. Alexey Suhih August 14, 2012 at 5:04 pm #

    Great works, unreal.

  14. Jack Bradbury October 11, 2012 at 4:59 pm #

    Fantastic work. I have recently been experimenting with inks and seeing your work has made me want to do even more.

  15. Leeann Gauthier October 14, 2012 at 4:50 am #

    You are a profoundly talented artist. I think you’d enjoy Vincento Rizzo’s work on Etsy.
    Also, I have some models that could inspire you at:
    StudioGauthier on Etsy.

  16. MJ Sherven November 5, 2012 at 1:51 pm #

    Hi Carne, my name is MJ Sherven and I am a high school Creative Writing teacher in Canada. Your work has inspired one of the students to write journal entries about your art. I must confess that I didn’t know anything about you until this student began writing – so I checked you out online and I was truly in awe of your talent and unique manner in which you work. I thought it would be lovely for you to know that you have admirers across the pond and that one of them is a budding artist (and writer) who is inspired by you and your art.

    MJ Sherven
    Greater Saskatoon Catholic School Division
    Saskatoon, Canada

  17. shadi December 10, 2012 at 6:34 am #

    omg!You are amazing. in my opinion this is the actual meaning of art…
    i love your work

  18. MZ December 13, 2012 at 1:08 am #

    Your artwork is beautiful! The style and materials you use are so unique and the pieces turn out so captivating. The spelling to response is incorrect in the second sentence of your bio (“Images explore human, geometric and floral forms, in a combination of both literal and abstract translation and in resposne”) – thought you’d like to know.

    I love your work!

  19. Rose December 20, 2012 at 7:53 pm #

    Hi Carne, im an art student at sixth form and i absolutley love your artwork and it has inspired a whole new section of my ‘portraits’ project. Love, love, love it!

    • admin March 11, 2013 at 11:46 pm #

      Thanks Rose, best of luck with your work

  20. Binal January 6, 2013 at 2:15 pm #

    Your art work is amazing!! I’m only 15 years old and your work has inspired me to create new things for my GSCE’s. Thank-you and I hope you create more new and exciting creations. :)

  21. Ashley January 15, 2013 at 2:32 am #

    Wow. You’re work blew me away and the first thought that came to mind was would this artist allow me to have his work tattooed? What are your thoughts? Thank you so much! Looking forward to purchasing some pieces very soon!

  22. Ashley January 15, 2013 at 2:35 am #

    Your work blew me away! I came across it through a posting on FB from DeviantArt and all I can say is Wow. I was wondering what your thoughts are in regard to your work being turned into a tattoo? I’m looking forward to purchasing some of your work in the near future! :D

    • admin March 11, 2013 at 11:45 pm #

      Happy for you to tattoo but please share images – cheers

  23. kok January 24, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

    Your work is awesome.
    Im added to

    • admin January 26, 2013 at 2:54 pm #

      Thank you!

  24. Amanda Tomasoa January 27, 2013 at 8:18 pm #

    Hello Carne! I heard about you at one of the workshops at Debut Contemporary. I am in New Zealand but I was blown away. I will be in London after going to LA for 8 days… Feb 11 til March 10… Is there any way we could meet up or where I can see your art work in person please?

    Someday I hope I own a gallery in New Zealand, I would love an artist like you there. :). Your drawings are great to look at, exciting and contemporary!

    • admin February 8, 2013 at 7:00 am #

      Hi Amanda – thanks for the lovely comments – I have an exhibition opening on the 22nd of February at Ashdown Gallery – if you get in touch with the gallery it would be great to see you there at the private view. Alternatively the show runs until 13th march so there is time to get to see the work and a workshop also on the 23rd – you can find out more through

      • Amanda Tomasoa February 12, 2013 at 6:23 am #

        You are welcome Carne! Just what I felt… I would love to see your exhibition in Ashdown. I am sure by then I would have a hang of London. I still feel Lost at the moment… but that’s because I just arrived.
        I think they would like your works in LA galleries too…
        Hope to see you in Uk.

  25. Matt Armstrong February 8, 2013 at 5:06 am #

    Wow… you’ve come a seriously long way since our days at Hugh Baird. Your artwork is absolutely incredible.

    Cathy Whittaker and I chatted on the phone today for the first time in 20 years and your name came up, so I figured I’d look you up. Bizarrely, I still remember your gran’s bread pudding. Memories are strange like that. :)

    Anyway, glad to see that you’re doing so well for yourself. It’s nice to know that some of the old Hugh Baird (and KIAD) crew have made a living out of their artwork.

    Drop me a line if you ever feel like it.


    • admin February 8, 2013 at 7:02 am #

      Matt – great to hear from you – Yeah… Hugh Baird seems a long time ago – I still have the A1 self portrait you did there in my folio – will drop you a line for sure – all the best, Carne

  26. Alex McLintock February 27, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

    Just saw an ‘exhibition’ of yours on the street in Leytonstone Council Offices. Excellent. (Needs maintenance though – the text had fallen off the wall)

    If it is not too cheeky would you mind writing something about using tea to make art? We are the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy fan club. I am sure that our members will think painting with tea and alcohol to be fascinating.


    • admin March 11, 2013 at 11:44 pm #

      All ship shape and signage fixed, sure are slippy those boards.. happy to write up for you especially on a day like today when Mr. Adams is getting a nod from google;)

  27. Amanda Tomasoa March 11, 2013 at 12:12 am #

    I am so privileged that I had my art exhibited with yours at Debut during the Art dinner. HA! ha! what an honour.
    I tried to go to your exhibition but got lost. Then it got too late.
    Keep up the fantastic work and I would love to meet you in person someday and maybe exhibit with you again but on a greater scale.
    Amanda Tomasoa

    • admin March 11, 2013 at 11:44 pm #

      Amanda… It’s me that is privileged ;) Hoping to show with you in the not too distant..

  28. Grace April 7, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

    I absolutely love your work, for my GCSE final piece you and Conrad Roset are my featured artists (although I think I may like your a work a lil’ more) Think I need to save up so that I can buy a print of your work as it is so great

  29. Mara May 12, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

    Wow! Just stumbled upon you work. It is so incredible, unique and inspiring! I am a hopeful artist and would love to know what kind of ink and paper you use. Thanks!

  30. Jyoti Aggarwal June 13, 2013 at 7:56 pm #

    Carne, lovely artwork. I like it a lot.

  31. Natasha Kerlin July 10, 2013 at 2:30 pm #

    Hi Carne, I’m currently a student at chesterfield college Art + Design/textiles.
    Your work inspires me greatly, I love to manipulate materials, erosion of time, decay and time. This colour theme really engages me. Collaborating mixed medias together like photography/paint/stitch/illustration.
    I’m not wanting to go to university if I can help it, I want to see if I can get far without a degree. I’m thinking more along the lines of an apprenticeship, have you got any advice you could give me?

  32. Thaísa September 16, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

    Hello, good morning.
    I’m an academic course in Visual Arts from Brazil. I am studying in 2nd year. I do not speak English, so I had to translate, more hopefully answer me.
    I’m starting my article, my completion of course, I will graduate next year, and will make his works for my reference article. I would like to send me some materials about you your life, some books and so on. If it is not asking too much! I am awaiting, hugs.

  33. Mariana September 17, 2013 at 10:49 am #

    Hello I’m sorry to bother you but I just want to say first, I love your work. It’s an inspiration and I hope to one day be half as good as you. Can I ask you a few things please for my A-level? What inspires you? What medias are your favorite to use, and how do you like to use them? Anything else you could tell me? Any tips? If possible do you mind if I send you a photograph of my work ? Hoping to get some tips. Thanks you and so sorry to bother you
    Mariana Cerveira.

  34. Shiva Jabarnia September 20, 2013 at 7:38 pm #

    I am so fond of your work, I love the sketchy effect, in combination with the portraits and patterns and motifs – the whole thing is really extraordinary and lovely. :)
    I was wondering if I could ask you to explain how you work. I mean, noticing the sizes of the paintings and the details that you put into each, and the great compositions that you come up with every time, I can not stop myself wondering how you do this great job.
    Thanks :)

  35. Patrick Kühn October 26, 2013 at 1:40 pm #

    Thanks for doing waht you do… We are privileged to have your art .

    Tenho visto teus desenhos e pirado nos emaranhados das linhas.
    Muito bom.



  36. levi bokuli November 26, 2013 at 7:48 am #

    hi my name is Levi Bokuli and I’m an A-Level student studying Art and i came across your work while searching to an artist to study and i was really fascinated by your work and wanted to ask how you did some of the paintings , because your choice of media i havent heard of anyone using vodka before so it really got my attention

    • admin November 27, 2013 at 1:36 pm #

      Hi Levi – you can send your questions to – I answer all questions that come my way ;) – all the best – Carne


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