About

Art is an outlet for my defiant, irreverent inner self, the essential self from before I was taught how to act, how to be. With art, anything is possible. I explore strong emotion through primitive, abstract faces or strange creatures. I’m drawn to all kinds of visceral expression, from cave paintings to outsider art to tribal masks to graffiti. My work is born of the same primal need for expression, with themes ranging from humor to vulnerability, spirituality, and otherness. I hope that viewers will recognize something familiar, something common to all of us.

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BIO: Riis Griffen is a self-taught mixed media artist whose work is in private collections across North America, Europe, and Australia. Creativity has always been an important part of her life and she began seriously pursuing art in 2007. Since then, Riis has been active in the local art community through exhibiting, curating, volunteering, and organizing events. She is currently the editor of Subjectiv, a digital journal of visual and literary art. Originally from Sonoma, California, Riis has lived in the Portland area since 1991.

SELECTED SOLO AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS 

2022
(upcoming) Off-Kilter, solo, Insomnia Coffee Co., Beaverton, OR
Around Oregon 20th Annual Exhibition, The Arts Center, Corvallis, OR

2021
Birds of a Feather, Insomnia Coffee Co., Beaverton, OR
Member Artist, Catherine Bede Gallery, Hillsboro, OR

2020
Yin Yang Show, The Remains Gallery, Hood River, OR
Knickers in a Bunch, Forest Grove, OR

2019
Small Works Holiday Show, Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River, OR
97116 Art Show, Forest Grove, OR
Art in the Loft, Beach Books, Seaside, OR
Big and Small, Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River, OR
Pedals and Paws, Portland’5 Center for the Arts, Portland, OR

2018
Little Things 18, Guardino Gallery, Portland, OR
97116 Art Show, Forest Grove, OR
Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, Lakewood Center, Lake Oswego, OR
Celebrating Renewal: Visions in the Forest, installation, Tillamook Forest Center, Tillamook, OR
Journeys, Hillsboro Brookwood Library gallery, Hillsboro, OR

2017
Black + White + One, Insomnia Coffee Co., Hillsboro, OR
Grand Opening four-person show, Tappen Studios, Portland, OR
Beaverton Arts Mix, Beaverton City Library, Beaverton, OR
Exploring the Seasons, solo, Featured Artist, Village Gallery of Arts, Portland, OR

2016
Celebration: Siren Nation Visual Art Show, Portland’5 Center for the Arts, Portland, OR
Going on Record, Insomnia Coffee, Hillsboro, OR
Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, Lakewood Center, Lake Oswego, OR
Brothers Grimm Fairy Tale Art Show, Portland’5 Center for the Arts, Portland, OR
Little Beauties, Small Treasures, Valley Art, Forest Grove, OR

2015
Group Exhibit, Beaverton City Hall (Beaverton Arts Commission), Beaverton, OR
Here Be Art, Walters Cultural Center, Hillsboro, OR
Green Cab group exhibit, Beach Books gallery, Seaside, OR
Where I Am Now, solo, New Seasons, Beaverton, OR
Character Quirks, solo, Forest Grove News-Times, Forest Grove, OR
The Love of Portland, People’s Art, Portland, OR

2014
I Am Therefore I Think, Goodfoot Art, Portland, OR
Things that Go Bump in the Night, People’s Art, Portland, OR
Busywork, solo, New Morning Cafe, Corvallis, OR
Siren Nation’s Paint Your Art Out, Portland, OR (live painting and exhibit)
Menagerie, solo, Featured Artist, Village Gallery of Arts, Portland, OR
ICON, People’s Art, Portland, OR
The Recycled Rain Project, Olympic Mills, Portland, OR
88 Strong, Goodfoot Art, Portland, OR
The Love of Portland, People’s Art, Portland, OR

2013
I Am Therefore I Think, Goodfoot Art, Portland, OR
Oddities, Lane Gallery, Portland, OR
Siren Nation’s Paint Your Art Out, Portland, OR
Summer Afternoon, solo, Artisan Salon (Beaverton Arts Commission), Beaverton, OR
Heart of the Matter, Lane Gallery, Portland, OR
The Love of Portland, People’s Art, Portland, OR
Portraits, North Bank Artists’ Cooperative, Vancouver, WA

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS
Australia
Canada
France
Germany
The Netherlands
Spain
Switzerland
United Kingdom
United States

AWARDS
Blue Ribbon, Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, 2018
Honorable Mention, Village Gallery of Arts Award Show, 2016
Honorable Mention, Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, 2016

PUBLICATIONS and PUBLIC ART
Your Art Moment, Beaverton Arts Council, July, September, October 2019
VoiceCatcher, Fall 2018 issue
Whimsicalia, self-published catalog, 2018
“Affordable Art Returns to Hillsboro,” HillsboroArts magazine, Summer 2016

RELATED EXPERIENCE
Editor, Subjectiv Journal, 2020- present
President, Village Gallery of Arts Board of Directors, 2014 to 2016
Event Organizer, Affordable Art for Everyone, 2015 through 2017
Organizer, Westside ArtShare group, 2015 to 2022
Volunteer Art Instructor, Bienestar, Hillsboro, OR, 2012 to 2013
Publicity Committee, Portland Open Studios, 2009

EDUCATION
MA, History, Portland State University, Oregon, 2002
BA, History, Portland State University, Oregon, 1999