Review Excerpts

"It was the great English poet William Blake who declared that 'Without contraries there is no progression', and it is hard  to imagine a better account of the painting of Peter Griffin. This is a painter whose canvases are often divided, a determinedly contemporary artist intrigued by the past whose recent works are stamped by the tension between inside and outside, an artist preoccupied by revelation and concealment.... Their meaning is to be read from a complex and unending dialogue between the elements that has no closure. The present cannot unwrap the past but nor can it stop trying to do so. Without contraries there is no progression, as Blake so rightly said."
Philip Dodd, Curator, full excerpt from "I am Only The Head of Those that Went Before Me", 2014

"These are deep, compassionate paintings that not only explore the possibilities of painting, but also what it means to be human."

Sue Hubbard, Time Out, 1997

"I felt, and still do, that Peter Griffin has found a basket of possibilities to express his honest reaction to the flood of images that possessed him. What a beautiful body of work surrounded me. I could not stop looking from one work to the other and at the unexpected imagery that made itself so felt."
Sir Terry Frost, Artist, UK, in the exhibition catalogue “Sealed with Fire”,  1997
"I felt, and still do, that Peter Griffin has found a basket of possibilities to express his honest reaction to the flood of images that possessed him. What a beautiful body of work surrounded me. I could not stop looking from one work to the other and at the unexpected imagery that made itself so felt."
Sir Terry Frost, Artist, UK, in the exhibition catalogue “Sealed with Fire”,  1997

"Griffin's works are some of the most persuasive in the exhibition. His wrapped and swaddled forms suggest care and preservation, as well as mystery and a fear of loss, both personal and social. Of all the works, they are also furthest in style from any conventional understanding of abstraction."
Australian Arts Review, 1996
"These paintings are, in the end, notations from the underbelly of modern society - symbols of a common human experience in a time of diminishing cultural experience."
Felicity Fenner, Sydney Morning Herald, Australia, 1995
“Few media images overcome compassion fatigue to the extent of Peter Griffin's profoundly moving paintings."
Tania Guha, Time Out, 1993
“....curiously the strokes and slashes of paint seems not so much to conceal form as to reveal its essential character.”
Karen Wilkin, Art Critic and Curator, New York, in the Exhibition Catalogue “Inside Out”, 1993
“....curiously the strokes and slashes of paint seems not so much to conceal form as to reveal its essential character.”
Karen Wilkin, Art Critic and Curator, New York, in the Exhibition Catalogue “Inside Out”, 1993

"Griffin I see as a major artist... One cannot help thinking these paintings will make the world a better place." 

Norbert Lynton, Modern Painters, 1991

"Peter Griffin is one of the finest painters working in this country today."
BBC Radio Three, "Third Ear", 1991
"It has taken an Englishman’s paintings to open our eyes once more to Neruda's poetry."
Dr Antonio Fernandez, Director La Pinacoteca Concepción Chile (circa. 1990s)
"Griffin's work is vitally informed with real experience." 
William Varley, The Guardian, 1985
"Griffin’s paintings inspire us to recall aspects of our lives, our relationships and spiritual experiences that we have forgotten. Above all they teach us that it is important to remember.”
Else Marie Bukdahl, former Rector of The Royal Danish Academy
 
"...deeply rooted in the classical tradition, a figurative artist working with an abstract language with an exquisite painterly touch. Griffin is one of the best."
 Willard Boepple, Sculptor, New York