Artist

  1. Brian Griffin

    For Setting Out, the first phase of the Road to 2012, Brian Griffin (b.1948) was selected to launch the project with carefully constructed group portraits of the visionary figures who conceived and won the bid for London, as well as those responsible for delivering the Olympic Park infrastructure.

    Griffin is recognised for his ground-breaking depiction of work. He established an international reputation through his portraits of the workers who built Broadgate in the City of London in the 1980s. It was reinforced in 2007 when London and Continental Railways commissioned him to document the management and workforce who built High Speed 1, the UK's first high-speed railway, and the largest construction project in British history. Griffin takes his inspiration from a broad range of visual culture. Old Master painting informs his lighting, and his interest in nineteenth-century symbolism, classical sculpture and B-movies contributes to his images. Invited to portray the sitters in groups for this commission, Griffin returned to the collections of the National Gallery and the National Maritime Museum. He rarely preconceives an image, preferring to observe and respond to his sitters. Drawing upon his imagination, technical virtuosity and experience as a film maker, Griffin works with sitters to create compelling and complex scenarios.

  2. Olympic Park Apprentices by Brian Griffin - © Brian Griffin/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012 Project

    Year 1: Setting Out
    Olympic Park Apprentices

    by Brian Griffin

  3. Aquatics Centre Team by Brian Griffin - © Brian Griffin/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012 Project

    Year 1: Setting Out
    Aquatics Centre Team

    by Brian Griffin

  4. British Olympic Association by Brian Griffin - © Brian Griffin/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012 Project

    Year 1: Setting Out
    British Olympic Association

    by Brian Griffin

  5. Dobriskey Family by Brian Griffin - © Brian Griffin/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012 Project

    Year 1: Setting Out
    Dobriskey Family

    by Brian Griffin

  6. 2012 Sports Ambassadors by Brian Griffin - © Brian Griffin/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012 Project

    Year 1: Setting Out
    2012 Sports Ambassadors

    by Brian Griffin

  7. 2012 Bid Team by Brian Griffin - © Brian Griffin/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012 Project

    Year 1: Setting Out
    2012 Bid Team

    by Brian Griffin

  8. Government by Brian Griffin - © Brian Griffin/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012 Project

    Year 1: Setting Out
    Government

    by Brian Griffin

  9. Kenny Family by Brian Griffin - © Brian Griffin/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012 Project

    Year 1: Setting Out
    Kenny Family

    by Brian Griffin

  10. Mayor by Brian Griffin - © Brian Griffin/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012 Project

    Year 1: Setting Out
    Mayor

    by Brian Griffin

  11. Olympic Park Leadership Team by Brian Griffin © Brian Griffin/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012 Project

    Year 1: Setting Out
    Olympic Park Leadership Team

    by Brian Griffin

  12. Olympic Delivery Authority Team by Brian Griffin - © Brian Griffin/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012 Project

    Year 1: Setting Out
    Olympic Delivery Authority Team

    by Brian Griffin

  13. 2012 Bid Team: Planning and Regeneration by Brian Griffin - © Brian Griffin/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012 Project

    Year 1: Setting Out
    2012 Bid Team: Planning and Regeneration

    by Brian Griffin

  14. 2012 Bid Team Leaders by Brian Griffin - © Brian Griiffin/National Portrait Gallery/Road to 2012 Project

    Year 1: Setting Out
    2012 Bid Team Leaders

    by Brian Griffin

  15. 2012 Bid Team: Sport and Culture by Brian Griffin - © Brian Griffin/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012 Project

    Year 1: Setting Out
    2012 Bid Team: Sport and Culture

    by Brian Griffin

  16. Soil Engineers by Brian Griffin - © Brian Griffin/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012 Project

    Year 1: Setting Out
    Soil Engineers

    by Brian Griffin

  17. Olympic Stadium Team by Brian Griffin - © Brian Griffin/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012 Project

    Year 1: Setting Out
    Olympic Stadium Team

    by Brian Griffin

  18. Velodrome Team by Brian Griffin © Brian Griffin/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012 Project

    Year 1: Setting Out
    Velodrome Team

    by Brian Griffin

  19. 2012 Young Ambassadors by Brian Griffin - © Brian Griffin/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012 Project

    Year 1: Setting Out
    2012 Young Ambassadors

    by Brian Griffin

  20. 2012 Sports Ambassador by Brian Griffin - © Brian Griffin/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012 Project

    Year 1: Setting Out
    2012 Sports Ambassador

    by Brian Griffin