Pamela Griffith, nee Gittoes, was born in Australia into an artistic family. She trained as an Art Teacher at Sydney Teacher's College and East Sydney Technical College and received the Art 1V Prize for first place throughout the course. At a later date she completed a Bachelor of Art (Ed) at Alexander Mackie Art School, Sydney. She has taught in Secondary Schools, Technical Colleges, Colleges of Advanced Education, Universities and privately In her own studio and numerous community workshops throughout Australia.
Pamela is an acclaimed artist who has worked on many varied projects. She believes Art is to be enjoyed and she accepts the challenge to reach every one. In this spirit she designed the compact disc cover for the jazz group Galapagos Duck, entitled "Lonely George". The Department of Foreign Affairs supported her Exhibition in Hong Kong when she and Don Harper and his jazz group represented Australia in 1995. The etchings produced for this project illustrate a compact disc of his music "Images of Australia" produced by the ABC.
Many people remember the toile fabrics Pamela designed for the Australian Bicentenary and the Beatification of Mary MacKillop. The Pope made particular mention of the beauty of the Mary MacKillop fabric in the Powerhouse Museum collection when he visited Australia.
The current licences from the Roads and Traffic Authority of NSW have watercolour Waratahs on them, designed by Pamela, who worked with the team who created this high technology card.
In 2001 Pamela designed a hanging embroidery for the Foundation for Creative Enterprise that was made possible by the award of an Australian Commonwealth Government Federation Grant. The Creative Embroiderers of the Penrith Valley completed the project in 2001. It was unveiled at The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith, by the Governor General of Australia, His Excellency the Right Reverend Dr Peter Hollingworth AC OBE.
Hazelhurst Regional Gallery honored Pamela by showing her work across painting, watercolour and printmaking. This survey show was assembled by External Curator Prof Joanna Mendelssohn, College of Fine Arts, UNSW. The Exhibition was opened by Alan Jones in April 2005.
Pamela has also had one woman shows at Bundaberg Regional Gallery and at Fairfield City Gallery( Curated by director Gavin Fry). The work she did on the Lord Howe Island Suite was featured by the Riverina Regional Gallery in 2006.
The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet commissioned Pamela to produce one of three iconic images of Australia for inclusion in a folio presented to the 21 Heads of Nations attending APEC 2007 in Sydney,as a gift from the people of Australia. The limited edition of her book "Australia - an artist's journey through the landscape" was also presented to the Economic Heads of the 21 member nations of APEC.
Pamela's main vocation is in the creation of original works of art in the traditional mediums of oil and acrylic painting, and in limited edition prints. Over the past 30 years she has produced over 300 editions of etchings and lithographs, capitalizing on her undoubted talent as a draughtswoman. She currently also produces some 20 to 30 major paintings each year, principally in oils, but including acrylics, water-colours and pastels where the subject is better suited to those media. Her subject matter ranges across still life, landscape (often with an environmental theme) and portraiture.
SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS
1978 Griffith Studio and Graphic Workshop, Blackfriars Gallery, Glebe, NSW 1979 Inaugural Exhibition, Southern Creative Printmakers Association, Something Special Gallery, Bexley, NSW The Print Prize, Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA 1980 The Print Survey, Cell Block Auditorium, Darlinghurst, NSW Prints by Southern Printmakers and Contemporary Art Society, Q Gallery, Drummoyne, NSW 1985 The Lord Howe Island Project, Stadia Graphics, Paddington, NSW 1987 Invited Artist, Sydney Printmakers, Blaxland Gallery, Sydney, NSW New Art One Artists, Barry Stern Galleries, Sydney, NSW 1988 Maritime Artists, Museum Laperouse, La Perouse, NSW 1989 100 x 100 Project, Print Council of Australia, Beaver Gallery, Canberra, ACT 1991 Prints Galore, Wollongong City Gallery, Wollongong, NSW Australian Printmaking, the Second Wave, Joseph Lebovic Gallery, Paddington, NSW Hard Pressed; Paper and Clay, Jan Taylor Gallery, Annandale, NSW International Works on Paper Fair, RAS Showground, Sydney, NSW 1992 Australian Women Painters, Capricorn Galleries, Fitzroy, Vic. Tribute to Ronaldo Cameron, Lake Macquarie City Gallery, NSW 1993 Prints and Potters, Botanical Gardens Gallery, Sydney, NSW Invited Artist, Sydney Printmakers, Blaxland Gallery, Sydney, NSW 1994 Relatively Speaking, James Harvey Gallery, Newtown, NSW 1995 Five of Sydney's Great Women Painters, Kensington Gallery, Adelaide, SA 1996 SCEGGS Redlands Westpac Invitation Art Prize, Mosman, NSW 1997 Images of Australia, Wollongong City Art Gallery, Wollongong, NSW 2000 Australian Identities in Printmaking, Wagga Wagga Regional Gallery, NSW Bali Welcomes the Third Millenium, Rudana Art Foundation and Gallery, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia Art Cure 2000, Gadfly Gallery, Dalkeith, WA 2001 Birds in Art, Birds Australia, exhibition and internet auction (invitation only), Sydney, NSW 2003 Something Special, Bungendore Woodworks Gallery, Bungendore, NSW 2004 Printmaking Exhibition, Wollongong City Gallery, Wollongong, NSW 2005 25 Year Celebration, Cooks Hill Gallery, Newcastle, NSW Woollahra Times Gallery, Spring Exhibition, Woollahra, NSW The Art Lounge Gallery, Opening Exhibition, Woolloomooloo, NSW 2007 Collected Women, Wollongong City Art Gallery, Wollongong, NSW Approaches to Land and Landscape, Bungendore woodworks Gallery, Bungendore, NSW Australia to Italy, Cividale del Frinli, Italy 2008 Drawn From Life, Marianne Newman Gallery, Crows Nest, NSW A Bird in the Bush, Bungendore Woodworks Gallery, Bungendore, NSW 2009 Darwin and Evolutionary Aesthetics, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria Kedumba Drawing Award, Wentworth Falls, NSW 2010 St George Art Awards, Hurstville City Gallery, Hurstville, NSW 2011 Prints from the Griffith Studio, 1978-2011, Hazelhurst Regional Art Gallery, Gymea, NSW 2012 You are Here, Wollongong City Gallery, Wollongong, NSW