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Michael MP Griffin, “This MASKerade”


Covid will not stop the NoHo Arts District from creating and celebrating art.

Let’s give a huge NoHo welcome to artHYPE Gallery,  the newest art gallery to call North Hollywood home. Thanks for helping to #KeepNoHoArtsy.

artHYPE presents artists who create new styles and risk aesthetics in order to create meaning, embody spirit, and engage our current times. They seek diverse voices and emphasize the individuality of each passionate, creative, active artist that they represent. artHYPE is now offering viewings of artwork in North Hollywood, with guests wearing masks and practicing six-feet social distancing. The gallery is under construction and just signed with Artsy.net.

Michael MP Griffin Women+on+Blue at artHype Gallery via www.nohoartsdistrict.com
Michael MP Griffen – “Women on Blue” 

“This MASKerade” is the current show featuring the works of Michael MP Griffen.

• Michael MP Griffin Virtual Solo Exhibition
• In-Person Viewing of Select Artwork September 15 – October 31
• Artist Reception, Saturday, October 31 2PM – 5:30PM

Michael MP Griffen   The REEL Newsroom “This MASKerade” show at artHype Gallery via www.nohoartsdistrict.com
Michael MP Griffen – “The REEL Newsroom” 

Michael MP Griffin is an artist whose painting style evokes another era; he is prescient while present in our own time. Griffin’s paintings are rich and thick, reminiscent of the expanse of Van Gogh paintings, while at the same time expressing the seriousness of our contemporary human drama. His deeply layered and skillful paintings are a rare find. The texture and context of his images move viewers from the sardonic, through the paradoxical, to the sublime. Griffin became interested in crowd faces while working in a busy nightclub in San Jose, California:

“And the way the movement happens, creates emotions in the dance floor that become contagious. I learned about this [movement] also from playing music, how music really affects people, eliciting reactions that flow like currents through the crowd.”

Griffin’s crowd scenes on canvas and wood hover between detail and abstraction. He likes at times to acquiesce into a liquid treatment of figures to reveal movement. His works on paper are often simple forms flowing into contrasting backgrounds, seemingly composed of light, and subtle colors to define glowing portraits.

Griffin lives in the California Mountains with his dog Atlas, painting, listening to music, and gardening in his wood cabin. He is more interested in his neighbors and helping the homeless in the community, than in fame. His artist friends respect him and his artwork. We express our gratitude to artists Marjam Oskui of Berlin, and Nikolas Soren Goodich of the Pacific Palisades, California for appearing in this production.

artHYPE is honored to present Michael MP Griffin’s art through the support of Griffin and his generous girlfriend, Odette Leonelli of Lucca, Italy and Redondo Beach, California.

For artwork inquiries, please contact Karen Sarrow, text 213.713.6643 voice 818.505.3556 karen@arthype.net

Karen Woodward Sarrow is the Owner / Curator of artHYPE Gallery at The Studio in North Hollywood, California. At TAG Gallery in 2019, she organized solo exhibitions for Genesis Be, Sarah Svetlana, and Debbie Y.J. Lin. She was previously President of TAG Gallery, where she recruited diverse members, and curated her shows “FEM” and “Body Language” 2018/19. Her projects have included support of artists, arts administration, and the study of African American art history. She has curated exhibitions at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and Blue Milk Group in Atlanta, Georgia. She wrote for the Maurice Arlos Gallery in Manhattan. She has lectured and taught at the San Diego State University, and the Atlanta College of Art. She managed the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Teacher Resource Center, expanding access to the TRC’s collection on-line. Sarrow is on the Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce Foundation advisory board for public art, and a cultural member of the Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce. She founded arthype.net and imagi.life recently, and has a history of design work and fine art under the business Sarrow Studio.

artHYPE Gallery
5355 Cartwright Ave #116
North Hollywood CA 91601




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