Jonathan Griffin is a freelance writer, critic, editor and curator. Born and raised in London, he now lives in Los Angeles. He is a contributing editor for Frieze magazine, and has written for publications including Art Review, Art in America, The Financial Times, Apollo, Art Agenda, The Art Newspaper, The New York Times T-magazine, Flash Art, Aperture, Modern Painters, Mousse, The Brooklyn Rail, Tate Etc., Wallpaper, Kaleidoscope, Texte Zur Kunst, Los Angeles Review of Books, Paper Monument, East of Borneo, Cultured, Tank, Manifesta Journal, Picpus, Wonderland and The World of Interiors. He has written for monographs on artists including Hernan Bas, Ross Chisholm, Eric Bainbridge, Annika Ström, Clare Price and Jordan Baseman, and essays for catalogues on William N. Copley, Aaron Curry, Charles Fine, Michael E. Smith, Margo Wolowiec and J.B.Blunk, amongst others. He co-authored and edited the book ‘Grizedale Arts: Adding Complexity to Confusion’ (2009), and contributed to ‘Vitamin D2‘ (2013) and ‘Vitamin P2‘ (2011), both published by Phaidon. His book On Fire was published in 2016 by Paper Monument.
In 2014 he curated the group exhibition ‘Cogwheels Carved in Wood’ at Night Gallery, Los Angeles, which included the paintings and films of Derek Boshier alongside work by younger artists. In 2010 he curated a special project by Phillip Lai for ‘No Soul For Sale’ at Tate Modern in collaboration with Mousse.