Brian Griffin I The Black Country

‘Growing up in the Black Country was the best thing that ever happened to me’

Brian Griffin, 2010

In Conversation


Brian Griffin was born in Birmingham in 1948 but spent his childhood in Lye, in the Black Country before departing for Manchester College of Art in 1969 to study photography.  He has since gone on to become one of the UK’s most established photographers and is renowned for his portraits of musicians, actors, political figures and the business community.  However, growing up in the 50s and 60s in the Black Country, surrounded by industry, has left an indelible impression on the artist, to such an extent, that a new body of work recalls his childhood memories of living amongst the factories on Stocking Street, Lye.


Inspired by a range of artistic influences including Carravaggio, Sir Stanley Spencer, Joseph Wright of Derby and religious art, Griffin’s theatrical compositions place his life story on centre stage.


Saturday 4 June, 2pm

Brian Griffin will give a tour of the exhibition and share his passion for the Black Country.


Please reserve your free place in advance by calling 01922 654400.


Image: Brian Griffin, Boro Foundry, 2010, Archival pigment print, Courtesy of the artist.

BRIAN GRIFFIN ‘THE BLACK COUNTRY’ from Michael Prince on Vimeo.

BRIAN GRIFFIN from Michael Prince on Vimeo.