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Robert Griffing

Birth place or City of origin: Linesville
State of origin: PA
Last known City: Gibsonia
Last known State: PA
Start/Birth date: 1940
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Growing up in history-rich western Pennsylvania, Robert Griffing roamed the fields and shores of a nearby lake. Indian artifacts that he found during his wanderings led his fascination with the region’s early history and Indian lore.

Following 30 years as a commercial artist which had refined the keen sense of design and composition that prepared him for his fine art career, Griffing turned to painting the Eastern Woodland Indians of the 18th century who had intrigued him as a youth.

Today Griffing is known for his finely detailed and historically accurate portrayals of Native Americans living during America’s colonial period. A thorough researcher, he also gains a feeling for his subjects by participation in “living history” reenactments in which he and fellow re-actors use only authentic gear and weapons. He has support of Native American groups, many of which have shown his work in their museums and cultural centers.

Biography courtesy of the Eiteljorg Museum (


Robert Griffing studied illustration and design at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and went on to enjoy a thirty-year career in advertising. His lifelong interest in Native American and colonial history was the result of growing up in western Pennsylvania, where many eighteenth-century historical events took place. He still resides there with his wife, Justine.

Today Griffing paints the Native Americans of the Great Lakes and Eastern Woodlands and depicts how they dealt with European contact. His work has been included in educational packages, a number of TV historical documentaries, and on the covers of national magazines.

He also has the support of several Native American groups and has donated images to be used as murals and framed prints for display in their museums and cultural centers. At the 2009 Quest for the West Art Show and Sale at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis, Indiana, he received the Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award for his painting Secrets of the Dark Forest.

Griffing exhibits at all the Settlers West shows, including the Coeur d’Alene Art Auction in Reno; the Western Visions Miniatures Show and Sale in Jackson, Wyoming; the Autry's Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale; and the Renaissance Sale at Morris and Whiteside Galleries in Hilton Head, South Carolina. More details about the artist and his paintings can be found in the books The Art of Robert Griffing and The Narrative Art of Robert Griffing. Paramount Press Inc. published the books and produces prints of his work.

Robert Griffing is represented by Settlers West Galleries Inc., Tucson, Arizona.


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