Rick Griggs

Native Texan

Lives & works in Saint Louis

 

My visual journey began in my father’s wood-centric workshop in East Texas. He was a fine draftsman/craftsman and fabricated laminated bentwood archery, canoes and many things with wood. I was put to task at an early age, honing and sanding wood objects per my father’s insistence. A sense of craftsmanship has coursed with all I do as a result of his influence.

 

My professional life as a pastry chef was a continuation of crafting raw product into a visual and tactile experience. The understanding of food as media became the second layer of learning and honing to the point of artistry.  Frustrated as a chef by the impermanence of food, decided to pursue a different and permanent artistic endeavor in painting. Many historic pigments are derived from food, flora and animal sources, so this seemed a natural progression.

 

I studied music (trumpet), drawing, design and graphic design while attending universities in the 80s, my “discovery” years. I later received a degree in culinary arts and hotel/restaurant management in Dallas, Texas and until 2020, worked in award winning establishments as a pastry chef.  During the 90’s, I worked as a pastry chef in Miami and started the journey as a painter upon meeting a group of established artists. This began my informal but pertinent education into the world of art. I set up a studio in the famed Wynnwood District of Miami at The Bake House Art Complex, ironically a former bakery. I met and worked with established artists who are still very influential in my journey as an artist.

 

Since then, I lived and worked in San Francisco as a pastry chef and artist. I was influenced by its architecture, art and culture and maintained my art studio and practice. My recent move to Saint Louis is a continuation of the journey as a full-time artist.

Studies

El Centro College

Dallas, Texas 1987

Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences/Three Year Chef's Apprenticeship, ACF

Abilene Christian University

Abilene, Texas 1981/82

Studied Drawing, Design, Graphic Design and Music

Stephen F. Austin State University

Nacogdoches, Texas 1980 & 1983

Studied Music/Trumpet

Bakehouse Art Complex

Informal Art Submersion 

2006/2007

Exhibitions & Recognition

2019/2021 Current

Baldo Creative

The Shops at Thirteen Forty Five

Palm Springs, California

Permanent Rotating Exhibition

 

2019

Guggenhome

"Casa" Series

One Person Exhibition

 

2018

IXIA

San Francisco, California

"Casa" Series

"Works on Paper" Series

One Person Exhibitions

 

2017

Guggenhome

Dallas, Texas

Opening Group Exhibition

 

Curated State

San Francisco, California

“Cali Dreamin”

One Person Exhibition

 

2015

Meals On Wheels

Annual Ball-Auction Donation

“No Dietary Restrictions”

 

2012

Chase Miller Gallery

“Slip into Summer”

Two Artists Exhibition

with Tamara White

 

2011

Featured

West Elm Spring Catalogue

Featured Etsy Artist

 

2010

Cameron Gallery

Dallas, Texas

“Out of the Blue”

One Person Exhibition

 

2008

Nest Home

Dallas, Texas

Two Artists Exhibition

With Tamara White

 

Featured Artist

Modern Dallas Online Magazine

 

Featured

D Home Magazine-March/April

“Museum Quality”

with Julio Quinones, Interior Designer

 

Featured

Dallas Interiors Magazine

“Modern Luxury”

Autumn Issue

 

2007

The Bakehouse Art Complex

Miami, Florida

“21 Show and Pandoras Box”

Carol Damian, Curator

Florida International University,

Art Chairperson Director

 

Brooke Berman Gallery

Palomar Hotel, Dallas, Texas

Opening Group Exhibition

 

Lurie Gallery

Miami, Florida

“Forms and Construction”

Group Exhibition

 

Cheryl Hazan Gallery

New York, New York

“Petal Fusion ll”

Group Exhibition

 

2006

Revolution Gallery

Dallas, Texas

“Apathy is the New Pink”

Group Exhibition

 

The Bakehouse Art Complex

Miami, Florida

Group Exhibition

 

Steve Martin Gallery

Miami, Florida

Group Exhibition

 

Miami Shores Invitational

Miami, Florida

Juried Group Exhibition

 

The Bakehouse Art Complex

Miami, Florida

Juried Exhibition

Terrence Riley, Director of MAM, Juror

 

2005-2010

The Rathbun Art Party

Dallas, Texas

March of Dimes Event

Group Exhibition