Artists who have participated in exhibitions at Griffin Gallery are featured below.

Sikelela Owen

Sikelela Owen makes loose figure paintings that are based on friends, family and people of interest.

Depicted in moments of leisure, there is a prevailing insouciance that harks back to early modern painting of the 19th century, which championed leisurely pursuits of the new middle classes born of industrial capital wealth. And yet there is also an exoticism to Owen’s work as predominantly black figures enact everyday rites amongst family and friends. Undefined landscapes hint of foreign climes by means of electric, monochromatic under painting and figures cast shadows across the picture plane. And so, even though it is not the main drive of the artist, this subtly intimate paintings allude to a complex history of the modern to post-modern age through an intelligent combination of adopted vernaculars.


Exhibited at Griffin Gallery in Young Gods in January 2013.



1984 London, UK


Post Graduate Diploma Fine Art Painting – Royal Academy Schools, 2012

BA Fine Art – Chelsea College of Art & Design, 2006

(Last updated 12.11.2014)