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b. 1975, Australia

David Griggs Biography

In David Griggs’ graffiti-trash canvases, tattooed skeletons and religious rituals collide with gun-toting cartoon characters and the Ku Klux Klan. Griggs’ journey into this street carnival of politics and spirituality began at the age of eighteen, while photographing scenes of Indian and Nepalese poverty for an underground newspaper. Later, he spent time with refugees on the Thai-Burmese border. But it was the cacophonous confluence of cultures experienced during a 2005 residency in Manila that really revolutionised his practice. Griggs’ recent paintings are a personal response to what he saw in the Philippines: death, violence, poverty, religion and sex, all writ on the huge scale of Manila’s candy-coloured advertising banners. In a ‘reverse collage’ process riffing on the city’s visual complexity, Griggs commissioned banner painters to translate selected travel photographs into paintings, which Griggs then tagged with tattoo imagery, skulls, text and other symbolic elements.

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David Griggs lives and works in Manila, where he continues to gain inspiration for his practice, and is rapidly gaining attention for his energetic and seductive canvases. In 2007, he won the Primavera Artist Prize having been selected for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney’s: Primavera exhibition showcasing the best of Australia’s artists under 35 years of age. In 2008 Griggs was included in Art and Australia’s major publication, Current: Contemporary Art from Australia and New Zealand. Griggs’ work is held in major public collections throughout Australia, including Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art Brisbane, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, and the University of Queensland.

David Griggs Featured Artworks

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Propaganda painting (Number two) by David Griggs contemporary artwork
David GriggsPropaganda painting (Number two), 2020oil on canvas
137 x 102 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery Contact Gallery
Propaganda Painting (Number three) by David Griggs contemporary artwork
David GriggsPropaganda Painting (Number three), 2020oil on canvas
137 x 102 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery Contact Gallery
Propaganda painting (Number one) by David Griggs contemporary artwork
David GriggsPropaganda painting (Number one), 2020oil on canvas
137 x 102 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery Contact Gallery
Are you worried? by David Griggs contemporary artwork
David GriggsAre you worried?, 2020oil on canvas
168 x 168 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery Contact Gallery
2020 Colossus by David Griggs contemporary artwork
David Griggs2020 Colossus, 2020oil on canvas
168 x 168 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery Contact Gallery
The propaganda paintings (III) by David Griggs contemporary artwork
David GriggsThe propaganda paintings (III), 2020oil on canvas
137 x 102 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery Contact Gallery
The propaganda paintings (V) by David Griggs contemporary artwork
David GriggsThe propaganda paintings (V), 2020oil on canvas
137 x 102 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery Contact Gallery
The propaganda paintings (IV) by David Griggs contemporary artwork
David GriggsThe propaganda paintings (IV)oil on canvas
137 x 102 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery Contact Gallery

David Griggs Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, David Griggs, Mankini Island at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
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7–29 February 2020 David Griggs Mankini Island Roslyn Oxley9 GallerySydney
Contemporary art exhibition, David Griggs, Heroes at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
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15 November–8 December 2018 David Griggs Heroes Roslyn Oxley9 GallerySydney
Contemporary art exhibition, David Griggs, Palmtree Bass Budda at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
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6–28 October 2017 David Griggs Palmtree Bass Budda Roslyn Oxley9 GallerySydney

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David Griggs In Ocula Magazine

Melbourne Art Fair to Host 2020 Edition in Online Viewing Rooms Ocula News Melbourne Art Fair to Host 2020 Edition in Online Viewing Rooms Melbourne, 28 May 2020

With the physical fair rescheduled for February next year, organisers have partnered with Ocula to offer an alternative online.

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David Griggs In Related Press

Art as therapy with David Griggs Related Press Art as therapy with David Griggs 17 May 2016, The Adelaide Review

Griggs’ current exhibition at GAG Projects, Horror Business, is a personal exploration into the dark side. “I consider the works in the show to be primal, violent, comedic, sublime and honest,” Griggs says.

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