Gareth Griffiths is a British sculptor originally from Holywell, North Wales. He studied sculpture at Bretton Hall College, University of Leeds and graduated in 2002. He then subsequently went on to complete a Masters in Design from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2004.
Since graduating Gareth was shortlisted for the prestigious Welsh young artist of the year award for the national Eisteddfod, he then took part in a various shows including Collect Gallery, Liverpool (2003), Whitewall Gallery, Leeds (2004), Whitehall Waterfront Gallery, Leeds (2006) and was included in the Liverpool Biennale in 2008. Gareth also became a member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 2015.
Recently he has had work on exhibition in Prague, and was also shortlisted for a large public sculpture in Corino in Turin Italy. Gareth's work is also currently on permanent display at Michael O'Hare's Michelin stared restaurant 'The Man Behind the Curtain' in Leeds.
Gareth's sculptures are influenced by American west coast architecture called 'Googie', a style derived from a John Lautner designed coffee shop in West Hollywood. Googie architecture was born of the post-WWII car-culture and thrived in the 1950s and 1960s. Bold angles, colourful signs, plate glass, sweeping cantilevered roofs and pop-culture imagery captured the attention of drivers on adjacent streets. Bowling alleys looked like tomorrow land, coffee shops looked like something in a Jetson's cartoon. For decades, many 'serious' architects decried Googie as frivolous or crass. Today we recognize how perfectly its form followed its function.