b. 1975, born Sydney,

Lives and works in Sydney, Australia

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.

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.

Born, Sydney
Bachelor of Visual Art (Painting), Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney

Master of Fine Arts (Sculpture), College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales

CurrentlyLives and works Manila, Philippines
2016Horror Business, GAGPROJECTS/Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
2014The Yum Yuck Hippy Paintings, GAGPROJECTS/Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
Magic Is Mentally Ill, Station Gallery, Melbourne
Poverty Porn Bubble Gang, Future Perfect, Singapore
2013Tie Die Till I Dye, Kalimanrawlins, Melbourne
Ban all Pink and Yellow Pills, Gallery Esosse, Sydney
2012Privation under the Palms, Galerie Zimmermann Kratochwill, Graz
2011Zodiacs and God, Kalimanrawlins, Melbourne
Frat of the Obese, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
Devils in Exile, Uplands Gallery, Melbourne
2010The sort of black claymore paintings, PABLO Gallery, Manila
2009Zombie Kiss, Uplands Gallery, Melbourne
New York Paris London Rome Manila City Jail, MOP Projects, Sydney
New York Paris London Rome Manila City Jail, presented in cooperation with Asialink and Australian Embassy – Manila, and Green Papaya Art Projects – Manila

2008All I want is peace in the Middle East, a blow-job, and a free T-shirt, Kaliman Gallery, Sydney
David Griggs at IMA@TCB, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane
2007Blood on the streets, Uplands Gallery, Melbourne
Blood on the streets, Artspace, Sydney
2006Exchanging Culture for Flesh, Level 2 Contemporary Project Space, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Bleeding Hearts Club, Kaliman Gallery, Sydney
2005The Buko Police, Green Papaya Art Projects, Manila
2004Destination Disaster, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne
2003Outside History, The Studio, Sydney Opera House, Sydney
2000Me Against My Brother, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney
2014Brave new worlds. My utopia is your dystopia, Metroplitan Museum of Manila
Future Primitive, Heide Museum of Modern Art Melbourne
2013National Artists’s Self Portrait Prize, UQ Art Museum, Queensland
Cocktails, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
Manila Vice, curated by Manuel Ocampo MIAM Museum, Sete, France
Slug gun drug machine, with TV Moore ZINC, Manila
UnBound an Australian Philippine exchange, Youchengco Museum, Manila

BASTARDS OF MISREPRESENTATION: NY EDITION, curated by Manuel Ocampo, Topaz Arts, Queens Museum of Art, Tyler Rollins Fine Art, Crossing Art Gallery, Asia/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, New York
Transportable, MO Space, Manila
Hail to the Nightly Beasts of the Dark Sessions, DAGC Gallery, Manila
Bastards of Misrepresentation – Contemporary Art from Manila, H Gallery, Bangkok
Great Ghastly, Art Informal, Manila

2011The Sta. Mesa Diaries, David Griggs and Poklong Anading, Center for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne
2010Inversion of the Ideal, Galerie Zimmermann Kratochwill, Graz
Painting with a hammer to nail the crotch of civilization, Manila Contemporary, Manila
Bastards of Misrepresentation (doing time on Filipino time) Freies Museum, Berlin
Free Range Aesthetics: Pussyfooting Through the Detritus Mind Field of Reality, Skyline Gallery, San Francisco
Disorder Disorder Ulterior Motives in Contempororary Art, Penrith Regional Gallery and the Lewers Bequest, Sydney
Post Criminal, David Griggs + Adam Cullen, Kaliman Gallery, Sydney
The Death of Death (is alive and kicking), Art Center, Manila
Twenty/20, UTS-Gallery, Sydney
CODED, Blacktown Arts Center, Sydney
2009Fluid Zones: Jakarta Biennale, Jakarta, Indonesia
Group Show, MO Space, Manila, Philippines
2008Under my skin, Asialink touring exhibition
Neo Goth – back in black, University of Queensland, Brisbane
Hijacked, curated by Mark McPherson, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney
Australian, curated by Nicholas Tsoutas, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney
Revolving Doors: an exhibition in memory of Blair Trethowan, Uplands Gallery, Melbourne
2007The Independence Project, GALERIE PETRONAS, Malaysia and Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne
God Captured Like Fossilized Dung: New Art from the Third World, Firstdraft, Sydney and Inflight, Hobart
NADA Art Fair, Uplands Gallery Booth E4, Miami
End of Year Show, Uplands Gallery, Melbourne
2006Primavera, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Parallel Lives: Australian Painting Today, Tarrawarra Biennial (curated by Victoria Lynn), Tarrawarra Museum of Art, Healesville
Fantastic Voyage, Kaliman Gallery, Sydney
Winners are Grinners (curated by Hannah Matthews), The Meat Market, Melbourne
2005Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship Exhibition, Artspace, Sydney
Hardwired (curated by Robert Wellington), Firstdraft, Sydney
Freedman Foundation, Sir Hermann Black Gallery, Sydney
The Centenary of Wild Beasts, MOP Projects, Sydney
2004Out of the Blue, MOP Projects, Sydney
Rude Shock, Penrith Regional Gallery and the Lewers Bequest, Sydney
Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship Exhibition, Artspace, Sydney
Group Show, Kaliman Gallery, Sydney
GG Allen Breaks the Window, Inflight, Hobart
2003Festivus, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
The Beetles, Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney
Balance of Power, Raid Projects, Los Angeles, USA
Not All Heroes and Legends, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
The Fucken Weird Show, Uplands Gallery, Melbourne
Anita and Beyond (curated by Lisa Havilah), Penrith Regional Gallery, Sydney
2002Octopus 3 (curated by Charlotte Day), Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne
OBJECTion (curated by Tim Silver and Russell Storer), Sarah Cottier, Sydney
2001OBJECTion (curated by Tim Silver and Russell Storer), The Physics Room, Christchurch, New Zealand
Black to Basics, 1st Floor, Melbourne
Black to Basics, Rubyayre, Sydney
Bootcamp, Block, Sydney
2000Australian Painters at the Millennium, Imperial Slacks, Sydney
Skulls and Solicitors, Gallery 4A, Sydney
1999Qintex, Smith and Stonely, Brisbane
Dazzle (curated by Russell Storer and Andrew Mcqualter), 1st Floor, Melbourne
Hack, Grey Matter Contemporary Art, Sydney
Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship Exhibition, Artspace, Sydney
1998Fibro, Australian Perspecta, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney
Vietnam Voices, Casula Powerhouse Arts Center, Sydney

Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship Exhibition, COFA Gallery, Sydney


Germanos Collection, Sydney
Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
University of Queensland
Joyce Nissan Collection, Melbourne
Powerhouse Museum
Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
Tamworth Regional Gallery
Private collections