(b. 1965, Wirral. Lives in Manchester)
Mary Griffiths’ practice begins with drawing and the close observation of urban, rural and industrial ecologies and architectures. These rapid figurative drawings are developed in the studio in graphite, ink, monoprints, paint and digital media. They are also the root of her abstract works, through which their essential geometries are rendered.
Exhibitions include; The Fire Within, The Galleries, Wigan (2019); Protest and Remembrance at Cristea Roberts Gallery, London (2018); Wild Honey, The Turnpike, Leigh (2018, ACE funded); Prospect Planes, with physicist Kostya Novoselov, for the Great Exhibition of the North, Newcastle/Gateshead (2018); Wonder Materials: Graphene and Beyond, Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester and touring internationally (2016-18); From Seathwaite, permanent wall drawing at the National Graphene Institute, Manchester (2015); Still Further, Bureau, Manchester (2014); Black and White Room curated by Cornelia Parker, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (2014); Cabedal, Plataforma Revolver, Lisbon (2012); Fathom, Bureau, Manchester (2012); Memory of a Hope, Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool (2011).
Mary Griffiths studied English at Newcastle University and for an MA Fine Art at Manchester School of Art. She worked as a curator in museums and galleries until 2020, most recently at the Whitworth, The University of Manchester, where she curated exhibitions by many leading artists, including Elizabeth Price, Cornelia Parker, Nikhil Chopra, Raqs Media Collective and Lynn Hershman Leeson.
A book of her drawings, Pictures of War, was published by Carcanet in 2009. Mary Griffiths’ work is in the Arts Council Collection; The Turnpike; The Whitworth; private collections.