Dennis Griffin

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Dennis Griffin, a photographer for 40 years, is a native of Southern California. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Mr. Griffin graduated from UCLA with a Masters Degree in Life Sciences, served as an Artillery Officer in Viet Nam, and had a distinguished 32-year career in the Healthcare Industry before founding Studio Griffoto in 2007 to market his fine art imagery. His award winning work spans four decades and encompasses nature and landscape photography, form photography, travel photography and digital imaging. Mr. Griffin’s unique style and eye for composition are clearly reflected throughout the broad scope of his images captured in California and other parts of the United States, as well as many countries in Europe.

To quote the artist: “I have always been fascinated by the interplay of color, design, and the magical effects of light and reflections. From the early days working in darkrooms smelling of acetic acid to the present using the immaculate technology of inkjet printers, my goal of making artful images has remained unchanged...to utilize the elements of light, color and design to create unique images of beauty in various subjects.”

Dennis Griffin’s award winning work is widely exhibited in the Conejo Valley, California and is available as signed, archival inkjet prints. The artist prints all pieces individually, which are then matted using acid-free archival materials and framed under UV filtering acrylic.
Mr. Griffin’s work may also be obtained on high gloss aluminum.

To view more of Mr. Griffin’s work, please visit his website, .


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about the artist

The interplay of color, design and the magical effects of light and reflections have always fascinated me. I discovered photography 40 years ago and have been shooting ever since, simply because I enjoy the process, and the results are good often enough to keep me hooked.

Over the years, I studied different photographic styles, took a couple of classes from Leland Rice and learned from studying the work of those I admired most, Alfred Stieglitz, Ansel Adams, Ernest Haas and Eliot Porter. My work evolved with time and the influence of my friend and long-time photography partner, Tom Howell, who unselfishly shared his knowledge as an accomplished artist and gifted photographer, and who constantly challenged me to improve. Many creative insights have come from our dueling slideshows sustained with Cabernet or Chianti after trips to Yosemite, Point Lobos, Bodie, Moro Bay, Death Valley, The Wine Country, Florence, Venice and Rome.

My favorite artists include Italian Renaissance Masters, French Impressionists, Classical and Modern Artists. A partial list includes Bernini, Caravaggio, Degas, Donatello, Michelangelo, O’Keefe, Rembrandt, Renoir, Rodin, Rothko, Titian, and Van Gogh. My passions other than photography include travel, music, history, movies and wine. I have been fortunate to travel to many countries over the years, and in each one, I have tried to capture interesting and varied images.

During the past four decades, I have photographed many different subjects with a single objective...a desire to depict the interplay of light, color, design and sometimes reflections to create unique images of beauty. From the early days working in darkrooms smelling of acetic acid to the present using the immaculate technology of inkjet printers, my goal of making unique, artful images has remained unchanged. While I learned to emphasize technical perfection, my goal is to create something more than “straight photography.” I am pleased when people view my work and think it is something “more than photography.”

Dennis Griffin, August 2013


exhibitions

  • 2008
  • Westlake Village Art Guild Members Show, January 5-31, 2008.
  • Westlake Village Art Guild Open Juried Show, March 19, 2008 to April 13, 2008.
  • Wide Open Photography & Digital Art Juried Show, June 3, 2008 through July 15, 2008.
  • Thousand Oaks Art Festival, September 20-21, 2008.
  • 2009
  • Westlake Village Art Guild Members Show, January 7-28, 2009.
  • Westlake Village Art Guild Open Juried Show, March 18 to April 8, 2009.
  • Carol Henry Studio/Gallery, May 23 through June 20, 2009.
  • Invitational Exhibit at The Hillcrest Center for The Arts, Thousand Oaks, July 9, 2009 through September 28, 2009.
  • Thousand Oaks Art Festival, September 19-20, 2009.
  • 2010
  • WVAG Open Juried Show, March 23 to April 27, 2010.
  • Arts Council of the Conejo Valley Art Fest, May 3-29, 2010.
  • Conejo Valley Wide Open Photo and Digital Art Show, June 1- 30, 2010.
  • ENCORE - Photography and Digital Art Show, Thousand Oaks Civic Plaza, July 14 through November 16, 2010.
  • Thousand Oaks Art Festival, September 18-19, 2010.
  • 2011
  • Westlake Village Art Guild Members Show, January 6-29, 2011.
  • Conejo Valley Wide Open Photo and Digital Art Show, June 3-28, 2011.
  • ENCORE - Photography and Digital Art Show, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, July 21 through September 14, 2011.
  • Thousand Oaks Art Festival, September 17-18, 2011.
  • Thousand Oaks Art Association Members Show, November 16-29, 2011.
  • Seven Artists’ Holiday Showcase, Thousand Oaks Community Gallery, December 2-30, 2011.
  • 2012
  • Westlake Village Art Guild Members Show, January 6-28, 2012.
  • Conejo Valley Wide Open Photo and Digital Art Show, June 5-28, 2012.
  • ENCORE - Photography and Digital Art Show, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, June 29, through September 12, 2012.
  • Kaiser Permanente, Thousand Oaks - Two pieces as part of permanent commercial installation by Joanna Burke Art Consultants - September 2012.
  • Thousand Oaks Art Festival, September 22-23, 2012.
  • Greater Conejo Valley Open Studio Tour, October 13-14, 2012.
  • Thousand Oaks Art Association Members Show, November 2-29, 2012.
  • Artists’ Holiday Showcase, Thousand Oaks Community Gallery, December 3 - 22, 2012.
  • 2013
  • Simply The Best Show, Invitational Exhibit for Multiple Award Winning Artists, Thousand Oaks Community Gallery, June 6-26, 2013.
  • Creative Circles Show, ABRA Gallery, Westlake Village, July 6 through August 3, 2013.
  • Thousand Oaks Art Festival, September 21-22, 2013.
  • Spectrum New York, Javits Center North, as a member of Artisan Direct, October 3-6, 2013.
  • Spectrum Miami, Midtown, as a member of Artisan Direct, December 4-8, 2013.
  • 2014
  • Westlake Village Art Guild Members Show, January 6-28, 2014.
  • Heart and Soul, Arts Council of the Conejo Valley (ACCV) Invitational Exhibit, Hillcrest Center for the Arts, Thousand Oaks, February 14—May 5, 2014.
  • Art Expo, New York, Pier 94, as a member of Artisan Direct, April 4—6, 2014.
  • Celebration, ACCV Open Exhibit, Thousand Oaks Community Gallery, May 3—29, 2014.

achievements

  • Founded Studio Griffoto - April 2007
  • First Exhibit - Corridor 2122 Gallery, Fresno, CA - April 2007
  • Member Westlake Village Art Guild - January 2008 to present
    3rd Vice President, Communications - Sept. 2010 - June 2011
    1st Vice President - September 2011— June 2014
    Board Member - Sept. 2010 to present
  • Member Arts Council of the Conejo Valley - June 2011 - June 2012 and Feb. 2014 - Feb. 2015
  • Member Thousand Oaks Art Association - September 2011 to present
  • Member of the Thousand Oaks Arts Festival Planning Committee from 2009 to present
  • Self-published eight fine art photography books, one portfolio book, and two notebooks of work using Blurb.com - 2008—2013
  • Exhibited continuously in the Conejo Valley since January 2008 including:
  • Thousand Oaks Community Gallery - WVAG, ACCV, TOAA, and Wide Open Photography Shows
    Carol Henry Gallery, Agoura Hills, May-June 2009
    Thousand Oaks Arts Festival - September each year from 2008 - 2014
    Proverbs Coffee House, Camarillo - Three times beginning in April 2009
  • Fred Kavli Theater, Thousand Oaks Performing Arts Center - Three times in “Encore” Shows 2010-2012
  • Kaiser Permanente, Thousand Oaks - Two pieces as part of permanent commercial installation curated by Joanna Burke Art Consultants - September 2012
  • Thousand Oaks Open Studio Tour - October 2012
  • ABRA Gallery, Westlake Village - “Creative Circles” Exhibit with three other artists - July 2013
  • As a participating artist of Artisan Direct Limited from 2013 through 2014, exhibited in the following major Art Shows:
    Spectrum New York 2013
    Spectrum Miami, 2013
    Artexpo New York, 2014
  • Recipient of 18 awards for work entered in juried shows, including:
  • 4 Best of Show - T.O. Arts Festival 2008, Wide Open Photo/Digital Show 2008, WVAG Members Show 2009, ACCV Art Fest May 2010

See the for other awards ranging from Honorable Mention to First Place in Photo/Digital Category in local exhibits through June 2014.

carnival

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nature

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travel

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digital

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