Wim Noir-Men in Suits is the latest
and most evocative series by nationally acclaimed gay Southern
California artist, Wim Griffith. Mr. Griffith, who worked in
the film industry in his early career and is now a fine artist,
has created a body of work influenced by the early days of Hollywood.
Wim Noir-Men In Suits is a new collection of original
oil paintings inspired by film noir.
This collection of images where figures lingering in shadows
suggest a multitude of stories depicts a dark aesthetic. In
this gritty world there is cold seduction from the “Man’s
Man” demi heroes of the World War II era, and yet, rising
with their smoldering, Fine American Tobacco there is the heat
generated from an unspoken homoerotic tension between the players.
Wim’s work presents a stylized reality. Through a mix
of impressionism and classical realism, this Wim Noir series
is Griffith's ultimate in chiaroscuro. Light and shadows behave
as their own semi-allegorical characters.
Exhibited in galleries throughout Southern California and the
rest of the U.S. Mr. Griffith's fine art includes bronze busts
of Bob Newhart, James Gardner, Bill Cosby, Norman Lear, including
an almost finished bust of the legendary Dinah Shore for the
Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, in Hollywood and trompe
l'oeil murals for Disney's El Capitan Theater and for the Bowers
Museum in Santa Ana, California.