Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery is delighted to present new works by David Griggs in Mankini Island, a fictional place invented by the artist. Laden with metaphorical codes and psychedelic visuals, Mankini Island invites us to imagine, to connect, and to evoke a visceral emotional response. Eight times Archibald Prize finalist, Griggs creates vibrant, energetic paintings that exhume the raw undercurrents of society and human conditions. Griggs is known for his bold anarchistic approach, drawing on personal experience, political imagery, popular culture and art history.
Griggs' major survey exhibition BETWEEN NATURE AND SIN recently toured Australia from 2017 - 2019. The artist has exhibited extensively throughout Australia and South East Asia, including notable exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney; Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne; Blacktown Arts Centre, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; Artspace Sydney; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney and Manila Contemporary, Philippines.
Griggs has been selected as finalist in the 2007, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 Archibald Prizes. His work is held in major museum collections in Australia as well as important corporate and private collections internationally, including the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney; University of Queensland, Brisbane; Powerhouse Museum, Sydney; Tamworth Regional Gallery, NSW; Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, NSW; and the Joyce Nissan Collection, Melbourne.
Press release courtesy Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery.