Griffin is an Internationally recognized visual artist, based out of Oakland, California, whose work spans a variety of mediums, themes & surfaces.
Sean Griffin aka Griffin One
I like to create my own Mythology with my work, whether the final artwork is illustrative, abstract & or character driven, each piece tells a unique dream-scape story somewhere between time, function, the familiar & unknown! The fusion of our modern technological age, embodied in design and form; counter-balanced with nature and elements of the Old World - are central themes that emerge in the majority of my work. Finding that unique balance of composition, & flow, Amongst the chaos - is what inspires me most!
Griffin was born in Nairobi, Kenya. He moved to the US as a child, and grew up in Sedona Arizona. His lucid visual style and continuing exploration of new forms of expression are influenced by a wanderlust that was instilled in him from a young age.
An Oakland-based artist of many mediums & themes, Griffin is an aerosol muralist, fine artist, illustrator & designer. His work fuses elements from our modern technological age with motifs from the old world. Whether it's through landscapes, character-driven pieces, or abstract works, each of his pieces is a dreamscape story somewhere between time, function, the familiar, and the unknown!
Griffin’s graffiti / street-art roots stretch back to the mid-90s; and to this day, he is drawn to creating large-scale aerosol murals, that have been seen around the US and at high-profile cultural events internationally. In his most recent “Know Matter What” canvas series, Griffin uses multiple mediums to visually infuse organic elements into industrial compositions, to create surreal settings that are windows into alternate worlds.
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Griffin was born in Nairobi, Kenya. He came to the US with his family as a child & grew up in Sedona, AZ. Griffin's wanderlust continues to this day, and his life experiences are reﬂected in his lucid visual style and continuing exploration of new forms of expression. He has lived in Seattle, San Diego, Louisville, Phoenix & now resides in Oakland. Through each of these urban areas, along with his travels abroad, he has assimilated elements of culture & style, sharing & inﬂuencing his artistic expression & vision through his artwork.
An artist of many mediums & themes, Griffin is part Aerosol Muralist, Fine Artist, illustrator & Digital Designer. The body of his work incorporates a fusion of elements from our modern technological age with motifs from the old world, whether it's through his lettering, character driven pieces & or more abstract work. He weaves such themes through a seamless use of form, movement & composition.
He is often drawn to creating large-scale aerosol productions & public murals, that transform and enhance what might be seen as an otherwise dull environment - in places where diverse audiences have an opportunity to interact with the subject matter. Griffin’s graffiti roots stretch back to the mid-90's Seattle's golden era. And since then, he has continued to pioneer the aerosol mural art-form - in many historic sections of cities where no public aerosol murals had yet existed. Griffin has also participated in painting, in areas that are well-established hubs of the scene world-wide.
Griffin is one of the early Pioneers of the Live Art movement, from his start in the early 2000 while living & amerced in the San Diego Electronic, D&B, Hip Hop, Dj Music scene. He has also helped to break the Ice in European live artistry, while painting live during an extended hip-hop Tour with Awol One & The Insects in 2008. Griffin still continues to tour & perform live art at a handful of festivals, including the popular annual Lightning in a Bottle Festival, ( Presented by The DoArt Foundation & The Do Lab) based out of LA. Well known Local Bay Area Events such as "Outside Lands", "Treasure Island Music Festival", POW! WOW! SanJose, Presented by Pow Wow world wide, based in Hawaii, "The Kaleidoscope Festival" held in Flagstaff AZ., "SXSW showcases" in Austin Texas, "Art Basel" held in Miami FL, Chalice Festival Victorville, CA & abroad "Meeting of Styles" in Perpignan, France & "Urban Flavor Jam" in Winterthur, Switzerland, for example.
He works with a diverse array of festivals & galleries, along side a number of state based & International clients & collectors. His most recent body of canvas work, seeks to infuse organic elements into a industrial design composition & framework by bending & blending matter. His newest Series is entitled “Know Matter What.”
(2017) POW! WOW! San Jose - Presented by POW WOW world wide, San Jose CA
(2017) "BAM FEST" Bay Area Mural Festival - Held in Richmond CA.
(2017) “SXSW Austin Wall” international collab, Downtown Austin Texas, during South X South West Expo (20w x80H)
(2017) "Shoulders Of Giants" showcase at SXSW at Mindzai Creative Austin, TX
(2017) Live Mural EXPO during the illectricRiver Festival in Waco, TX
(2017) Live Art showcase at SXSW featuring Mc Aceyalone at Sahara Lounge Austin, TX
(2016) Mixed Palette (Official Paint PHX Gallery Show of Selected Artists), Phoenix, AZ
(2016) Legends, Oakland Terminal Gallery, Oakland, CA (curated by Quake)
(2016) A Bizare Legacy, Arthouse, Fresno, CA
(2015) “Maybe 2016 Will be Better” NYE Group Exhibition, Tempe, AZ
(2015) Anemal Lives - Tribute Show, 14th Street Art Supply, Oakland, CA
(2015) Zero Friends Pop Up Art Show, Upper Playground PDX Gallery, Portland, OR
(2015) Back 2 Basics, Exact Science Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
(2015) “Outsider Art” Art Triangle Murals @ Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA (curated by Jeben Berg, and is part of permanent & evolving wall collection of Another Planet Entertainment) 200,000+ in attendance
(2015) Urban Flavour Jam (invitational), Winterthur, Switzerland
(2015) Meeting of Styles (Festival Internationale de Graffiti), a juried urban art event in Perpignan, France
(2015) “Terminally Ill”, Oakland Terminal Gallery, Oakland, CA (curated by Mark Bode and Dr. Revolt)
(2015) Selected Contest Winner, 7-Story Canvas Show, Zetta Hotel, San Francisco, CA (Curated by Buffmonster & Apexer, of 7 Finalists from competitive Zetta Murals Juried Competition)
(2015) Do Art Foundation Showcase (Selected Artists) , The Do Lab’s Lightning in a Bottle Festival, San Antonio Recreation Area, Bradley, CA. (20,000+ in attendance)
(2015) Hard, Exact Science Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
(2015) Swim Season (An Adult Swim themed show), 63 Bluxome Street Gallery, San Francisco, CA
(2014) Holiday Group Show, Ian Ross Gallery, San Francisco, CA
(2014 ) Krampusmas, 63 Bluxome Street Gallery, San Francisco, CA
(2014) Art Attack, Word of Mouth Gallery, Stockton, CA
(2014) “Outsider Art” Art Triangle Murals @ Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA (curated by Jeben Berg; part of permanent & evolving wall collection of Another Planet Entertainment)
(2014) Bay Area Now: 7, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA (section curated by Estria Foundation)
(2014) DoArt Foundation Showcase (Selected Artists) , The Do Lab’s Lightning in a Bottle Festival, San Antonio Recreation Area, Bradley, CA. (20,000+ in attendance)
(2013) Estria Battle at the Prism: Urban Art & Culture Festival, hosted by the Estria Foundation, Oakland, CA
(2013) DoArt Foundation (Showcase of selected artists) , Lightning in a Bottle Festival, Lake Skinner, Winchester, CA. (18,000+ in attendance)
(2013) “Keepers of Time” large-scale mural on canvas, Graffiti Fine Art Expo (International Event), Graffiti House LA, Los Angeles, CA (curated by Dytch66)
(2013) Group Show, The Elefunk Gallery at Loakal, Oakland, CA (curated by Patti Astor)
(2012) “Something Like Oz”, Wonderland SF Gallery, San Francisco, CA
(2012) “It’s In Our Blood” mural & “Burning Candle” pillar, Special Delivery (Bay Area 2012) Large Scale Mural Exhibit, The Carbon Warehouse, Berkeley, CA
(2012) DoArt Foundation (Showcase of selected artists) , Lightning in a Bottle Festival, Oak Canyon Ranch, Irvine, CA. (14,000+ in attendance)
(2011) “Maybe 2012 Will be Better” NYE Group Exhibition, Tempe, AZ
(2011) DoArt Foundation (Showcase of selected artists) , Lightning in a Bottle Festival, Oak Canyon Ranch, Irvine, CA. (14,000+ in attendance)
(2010) The PRINT Show, 1AM Gallery, San Francisco, CA
(2010) “Maybe 2011 Will be Better” Group Exhibition, Tempe, AZ
........... Shows Before 2009 Upon request! .........
SELECTED SOLO & PAIRED EXHIBITIONS
(2015) Griffin One Solo Show, Cosmic Creations Gallery, Lake Tahoe, CA
(2014) ”A Retrospective of Canvas Works by Griffin One”, The Coachman, San Francisco, CA
(2013) Chromatic Neurosis, Le Que Vive Gallery, Oakland, CA (in collaboration with Ricky Watts)
(2010) 2-Man Art Show, Fractalized Gallery, Garberville, CA (in collaboration with Stacks Malone)
........... Shows Before 2009 Upon request! .........