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 Frederick George Griffing III  (1951 - 2010)



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Lived/Active: California      Known for: impressionist seascape, landscape and portrait painting

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Frederick George Griffing III. Bay Area California tonalist memory painter and Byronic Art Brut master. Frederick George Griffing III (b. 12/23/51 - DIED 12/23/2010 Oakland, CA) is a fourth generation Californian artist.

Painting impressionistic seascapes, riverscapes, landscapes, and portraits, using oil on canvas over wood, Griffing pursues the En plein air tradition of his great uncle Walter Ufer, the most successful and famous of the Taos Society artists.

Griffing's great-grandfather owned a wharf in San Francisco in the mid 1850's and was involved in a supreme court land and water dispute. In 1978, builders digging at Levi's Plaza in San Francisco made the historic archaeological discovery of the original ship, named the Frederick George Griffing, which was originally sunk by FG Griffing I to form the foundation of his wharf. Plans for a marine museum featuring the discovery were eventually abandoned by the city, and the ship's site, after documentation, was filled.

Fred internalized the loses of his great-grandfather, and the second entombment of the ship deeply vexed Fred. In Fred's seascapes the waters are turbulent and seething, sailboats appear tiny and buffeted. Titles like "Ship too close to rocks" are as much a description of Fred's life. In his singular pursuit of painting, Fred has at times worked and lived from his mobile studio, an old pick-up truck.

Submitted by Martin Willis


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