Fish Griwkowsky is an award-winning journalist, writer, illustrator and filmmaker based in Edmonton. He’s shot and directed numerous videos for bands including Twin Fangs, Wet Secrets and two for Corb Lund – including the lead-off video Gettin’ Down on the Mountain for the country singer’s No. 1-in-Canada album, Cabin Fever. He also photographed the album’s imagery. Working with director Trevor Anderson, Fish filmed short doc The High Level Bridge on a $100 Sony webcam, which went on to Sundance, Cannes, Brooklyn Rooftop Film Fest, sxsw, Dawson City Film Festival and won an honourable mention at AFI in Hollywood. Werner Herzog called it, “Very accomplished filmmaking,” while Matt Groening said of it, “It’s great!”
Fish also sang, danced, shot C-cam and did set photography on Anderson’s short musical The Man That Got Away, which is making the rounds in Europe after recently at Berlinale winning a DAAD award and residency. The film was in competition at Vladisvostok IFF where Griwkowsky represented it.
In response to the current federal government’s ridiculous shelving of the Portrait Gallery of Canada, Fish conceived the National Portrait Gallery Project, a show reaching across the country, featuring the likes of Penny Buckner, Terrance Houle and Douglas Coupland. Griwkowsky is part of Edmonton art collective We Are the Golden West, which has created street exhibitions, officially shown as a group, and dressed as vikings at “art’s birthday” in a swimming pool, floating on a boat of taped-together balloons inflated with their own lungs.
One of Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40, his photos have appeared in publications around the world, thanks in part to portraits of musicians Lund and Richard Buckner. A DJ, paid cartoonist under the name Bill Benson and wedding photographer, Fish is the art columnist for the Pulitzer Prize-winning Edmonton Journal, and when none of that is happening, happily builds grain bins on the Alberta prairies. He’s been doing street art for 20 years and was, with an Edmonton graf kid named Fish, voted the second-best street artist in Vue magazine’s 2012 annual poll. He joined En Masse during their commission in downtown Edmonton within the sights of city hall and the Art Gallery of Alberta, where in 2011 he was the first guest artistic director of their seasonal Refinery parties and blew up giant photos of his friends naked.”
Fish Griwkowsky was the Writer/Illustrator in Residence at Latitude 53 gallery in Edmonton in 2010, was a reporter for the Edmonton Sun for 14 years and for SEE Magazine almost as long, and now at Vue Weekly as a cartoonist. He’s also written and shot for the Toronto Star, Exclaim!, Rue Morgue and Penguin Eggs and was a regular panellist on Alberta Prime Time when they had a culture segment. He joined the Edmonton Journal as their new visual arts columnist and blogger in September 2012.