Ben Griffiths, And what does it mean? Oh, is it a dream?
With imagery sourced from popular culture and media, Ben Griffiths explores the ambiguity and absurdity of the human situation. For the In Good Shape exhibition, Griffiths has created a series of portraits of rabbit characters famously anthropomorphised by Richard Adams in his 1972 novel Watership Down, and in its film adaptation a few years later.
Originally from Masterton, Ben Griffiths undertook his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree across four different institutions, completing his degree at Elam School of Fine Arts in 2005. Griffiths moved to Sweden in 2006, where he lived for 10 years and worked as a scenic painter for the Gothenburg Opera. He has since returned with his family to NZ and now lives in West Auckland, making art and working as a set painter in the film and TV industry. "I feel really fortunate to be able to work with others in a creative industry such as film and TV. Most days I basically play with colour and texture which is immensely satisfying." Griffiths’ recent projects include Power Rangers, a drama about rugby and the new Lord of the Rings series for Amazon.