Bryan David Griffith explores profound issues using simple forms and materials. An interdisciplinary artist, he works across multiple media and learns or invents new techniques as needed to convey the concepts in each body of work. Griffith’s unconventional career began when he stumbled upon an abandoned, dog-eared photo manual and built a makeshift darkroom while studying engineering at the University of Michigan. After graduation he worked for an international management consulting firm, but found his job unfulfilling and was troubled by the environmental impact of his clients. He ultimately resigned to follow his conscience. He bought an old van to live out of, saving every dime for gas and supplies as he toured the country to build a new career as an artist. When Griffith’s van broke down in Flagstaff, he fell in love with the town—and then his wife, Tasha—and never left.
In 2016, Griffith won the Flagstaff Arts Council’s Viola Award and the Phoenix Art Museum’s Artist Grant for his work on wildfire. His work is held in a number of permanent collections including the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Center for Creative Photography, and Fort Wayne Museum of Art. His recent solo exhibitions include the High Desert Museum, Fresno Art Museum, Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, Coconino Center for the Arts, and Griffin Museum of Photography.