Andrew Giffin, Artist
Andrew was born in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1960. He left the Maritimes in 1981 to study art at the University of Manitoba. Since 1987, he has maintained his own studio, initially in Winnipeg until 2005 and most recently in Roachville, NB.
Andrew's work has been featured in The Fly Fish Journal, the Atlantic Salmon Federation Journal, Style Manitoba, the Winnipeg Free Press, Uptown Magazine, the New Brunswick Reader and Salon. His paintings are in private and corporate collections across Canada and the United States, Australia and Europe.
Giffin Artworks features Andrew's creativity in commercial ventures: he builds large-scale sculptural landscapes and waterfalls from concrete, or produces artwork for the film industry, as well as specialty finishes for homes and businesses.
"In painting, as in any art form, the concept is the heart and soul of the finished canvas. It is from the idea, or concept, that the artist is able to build an image that will most effectively translate the intended message. Without a concept to draw from, a work can easily fall short of its potential impact. When presented with an opportunity to create works for a commission, artists need to reach down inside themselves and draw from their sensibilities to find the balance between the needs of the client and their own artistic integrity. That is to say that the pieces of art being presented for consideration reflect as much about the artist as they do the client. It is this delicate balance that needs to be achieved in order to have great art as the result."
"A very different angle(r)", Imperial Theatre, Saint John New Brunswick August 27 - November 12, 2012
"What's in your background?", City of Saint John Gallery, Saint John Arts Centre, August 19 - October 22, 2011
Saint John Arts Centre Nov 7 2008 – Jan 4, 2009 “Personal Geography”
Rainbow Theatre September – November 2007 Market Square, Toronto, ON
King’s County Studio Tour June 2006 - 2007 – 2008 - 2009 - 2010
< SITE> Gallery - Solo Exhibit: Blown to Bits. Large Format photography on canvas and digital installations in print April 2004
Piano Nobile Gallery, Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg - Recent paintings and photography Feb – Mar 2004
< SITE> Gallery - Members quarterly exhibits 2000-2005
Plains Art Museum,Fargo, ND - Art on the Plains Juried Art Exhibit Sept. 2003 to Jan. 2004
Winnipeg Art Gallery - Grand Jury VII May 15 to July 6, 2003
<SITE> Gallery - Solo Exhibit: Everywhere Always May 2 to 30, 2002
<SITE> Gallery - members’ show, ”A singular vision” 2000/2001
Centre culturel franco-manitobain - “Harmonious Polarities”, joint exhibit with Milos Milidrag 2000
< SITE> Gallery - “Five, Five, Five Years”, Past & Present Members Show 2000
< SITE> Gallery - “Towards the Edge”, Members Show 2000
Giffin Artworks Inc. studio/gallery, Winnipeg MB - “Print & Release”- Fly Fishing Images - studio exhibition 2000
Winnipeg Art Gallery - Grand Jury V, IV, III, II 1999, 1997, 1995, 1993
Giffin Artworks Inc. studio/gallery, Winnipeg MB - “Two Worlds”, joint exhibit with Milos Milidrag 1999
Manitoba Art Expo - 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996
Sunbury Shores Art & Nature Centre, St. Andrews, NB - joint exhibit, 1992
Manitoba Society of Artists - Group Exhibitions, 1990, 1989, Juried Exhibitions, 1989, 1988, 1987, New Members Show, 1989
Gallery 1.1.1, University of Manitoba - Thesis show, 1986
Janet Ian Cameron Gallery, University of Manitoba – Group exhibit, 1986
Link Gallery, New Brunswick Museum, Saint John, NB – August- September 1981