Jay Griffith

General info:
Jay Griffith is a famed landscape artist, residing in Venice, California, USA. His firm is Griffith & Cletta and is well respected in Venice where his home and studio only lay a few blocks aprt. They’ve made valuable contributions to the Venice community. With combined schooling that draws from UCLA, Art Center & the Instituto Allende in Mexico, they have a vast art historical and multicultural perspective. Their design desire to remove the boundaries between interior and exterior spaces. This desire is cultivated by the climate and lifestyle of California. They often use native plants in their gardens. One of theur concerns is creating climatically correct gardens. Another trademark is their style is site-specific designs, recycling on site materials. They blend form and function to create original and dramatic designs.

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Brad created a beautiful garden in the Hollywood Hills (for the house he owned until 2005) together with landscape designer Jay Griffith and talked about it with accompanying pictures in House & Garden magazine in 2001.

Quotes from Brad:
“Pitt recalls the day, years ago, when he met Griffith. Pitt, house-hunting, was shown Griffith’s Santa Monica home. It wasn’t right for him, but Pitt was “blown away by garden.” Griffith came back to find Pitt spread across his couch. “Jay was rude, cantankerous,” Pitt says. “I was really taken with him. He was an artist protective of himself and his work.” A few years later, when Pitt found his house, he tracked down Griffith. “We’ve been lovers ever since,” he jokes.” – House & Garden 2001

“Pitt credits Griffith with educating him in the ways of nature-“in the way seeds fall and nature propagates itself.” Griffith says he is awed by Pitt’s “razor sharp” intelligence, discerning eye, and willingness to try anything. Frequent quarrelling, which Pitt calls “collaborative confrontations,” enhances the symbiosis.” – House & Garden 2001

He’s a laugh. We fight all the time. He’ll say, “No, no, I can’t do that, it can’t be done.” And I’ll say, “Artists must suffer for greatness.” – Flaunt 2001

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