DAVID GRIGGS

DAVID GRIGGS

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.

MEDITATION SEX MUSIC
2019
BETWEEN NATURE AND SIN
2017
HORROR BUSINESS
2015
THE YUM YUCK HIPPY PAINTINGS
2014

BIOGRAPHY

1975

Born, Sydney

 

1999

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

2007

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

Currently

Lives and works in Sydney

 

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019

Meditation Sex Music, GAGPROJECTS/Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
BETWEEN NATURE AND SIN, (touring) Griffith Regional Art Gallery, NSW, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, NSW, Orange Regional Gallery, NSW, Burrinja Cultural Centre, VIC

2018

Heroes, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
BETWEEN NATURE AND SIN, (touring) Glasshouse Regional Gallery, NSW, Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, NT, Redland Art Gallery, QLD, Cairns Regional Gallery, QLD, Lismore Regional Gallery, NSW

2017

Palmtree, Bass, Budda, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
BETWEEN NATURE AND SIN
, Campbelltown Arts Centre, NSW

2016

Horror Business, GAGPROJECTS/Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide

2014

The Yum Yuck Hippy Paintings, GAGPROJECTS/Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
Magic Is Mentally Ill, Station Gallery, Melbourne
Poverty Porn Bubble Gang, Future Perfect, Singapore 

2013

Tie Die Till I Dye, Kalimanrawlins, Melbourne
Ban all Pink and Yellow Pills, Gallery Esosse, Sydney

2012

Privation under the Palms, Galerie Zimmermann Kratochwill, Graz

2011

Zodiacs and God, Kalimanrawlins, Melbourne
Frat of the Obese, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
Devils in Exile, Uplands Gallery, Melbourne

2010

The sort of black claymore paintings, PABLO Gallery, Manila

2009

Zombie 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

2008

All 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

2007

Blood on the streets, Uplands Gallery, Melbourne
Blood on the streets, Artspace, Sydney

2006

Exchanging Culture for Flesh, Level 2 Contemporary Project Space, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Bleeding Hearts Club, Kaliman Gallery, Sydney

2005

The Buko Police, Green Papaya Art Projects, Manila

2004

Destination Disaster, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne

2003

Outside History, The Studio, Sydney Opera House, Sydney

2000

Me Against My Brother, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2017

Kim Hamilton Sulit's “Domestic Dusk, new works for The Mona Lisa Project, West Gallery, Quezon City

2016

Primavera at 25: MCA Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
DOUBLE VISION, Lee Kong Chian Gallery, NUS Museum, Singapore

2014

Brave new worlds. My utopia is your dystopia, Metroplitan Museum of Manila
Future Primitive, Heide Museum of Modern Art Melbourne

2013

National 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

2012

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

2011

The Sta. Mesa Diaries, David Griggs and Poklong Anading, Center for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne

2010

Inversion 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

2009

Fluid Zones: Jakarta Biennale, Jakarta, Indonesia
Group Show, MO Space, Manila, Philippines

2008

Under 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

2007

The 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

2006

Primavera, 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

2005

Helen 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

2004

Out 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

2003

Festivus, 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

2002

Octopus 3 (curated by Charlotte Day), Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne
OBJECTion (curated by Tim Silver and Russell Storer), Sarah Cottier, Sydney

2001

OBJECTion (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

2000

Australian Painters at the Millennium, Imperial Slacks, Sydney
Skulls and Solicitors, Gallery 4A, Sydney

1999

Qintex, 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

1998

Fibro, Australian Perspecta, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney
Vietnam Voices, Casula Powerhouse Arts Center, Sydney

1996

Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship Exhibition, COFA Gallery, Sydney

 

COLLECTIONS

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

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