Howard Griffin Gallery
Walking through Downtown’s Gallery Row you’ll encounter plenty of beautifully curated galleries. Some will gently tug at your curiosity while others like the Howard Griffin Gallery capture your eyeballs through the glass and drag you right in.
The gallery is raw. The ceiling looks like someone’s taken a sledgehammer to it; the walls look unfinished with intent. It’s the kind of broken down beauty that beckons you. In the middle sits a temple drenched in drawings, acid colors and held up by twirling pillars. Inside the temple, you’ll find sketches pinned up on bare walls; they’re the first drafts of this exhibit known as “Journey Galactiko” by Broken Fingaz. You immediately know you’re part of someone else’s creative journey, lucky to witness it while feasting on the fluorescent light boxes of completed works you can see through the temple’s windows.
Broken Fingaz, an Israeli collective of artists, ventured to India for 2 months in search of inspiration. The result? An exploration of East meets West, interior peace versus exterior boldness with a visceral and sexually graphic punch your senses swallow up. Britt Magnuson, HGG’s L.A. Gallery Director, sees the exhibit as a lesson in universality through the artists’ eyes, “It’s like a freeway of information that comes out in their art.”
Gallery owner Richard Howard-Griffin aims “to make art accessible to multiple audiences by staging exhibitions that work on multiple levels and that are always museum standard.”
Future shows will be nothing short of iconic with artists like John Dolan slated for later in the year. Dolan once homeless on the streets of London made his debut at the Howard Griffin Gallery in London. “Before this exhibition he was drawing on the streets for survival, now he is a celebrated artist,” a point of pride for Howard-Griffin.
Serendipity landed the Howard Griffin Gallery in DTLA last year when Richard was visiting with Thierry Noir, the famed artist who illegally painted 5 miles of the Berlin Wall in the 80s. Howard-Griffin spotted the gallery and the rest is history.
Now he’s looking to shape and contribute to the downtown art scene by fostering public art while highlighting the stark social issues the area faces through artists like Dolan, “His art particularly resonates in DTLA because there are so many issues of homelessness.”
Howard-Griffin is confident he’s taking the public to another level, staging exhibitions they won’t experience anywhere else in L.A.