05/08/2017 - 08/12/2019

    David Griggs COWBOY COUNTRY , 2013
    90 mins
    Image Credit
    A Bakunawa and TurdWorld production

About the exhibition

David Griggs creates work that explores the darker undercurrents of human existence. His work focuses on the human condition, drawing on political imagery, underground media, conspiracy theories, local crime histories and personal experiences.
Though vibrant in colour and composition Griggs’ work instils a real and honest representation of his subject – moving beyond portraiture to tell a story, sharing a glimpse into the life of the subject. Griggs is empathetic to his subject, constantly reconsidering the reality of one’s situation, how they act, live and exist within their space.

Culture and community remain as fundamental truths in his practice. Working with marginalised communities, Griggs’ work tackles difficult themes such as prison life in Manila, Burmese refugee camps in Thailand, carnival freak shows, youth culture, homelessness and clinical depression.

Griggs has lived and worked in Manila, Philippines for the past 10 years. DAVID GRIGGS: BETWEEN NATURE AND SIN will present a series of works made during this time including painting, photography, installation and film. His 90 minute feature film, COWBOY COUNTRY, will be a central focus of the exhibition. Inspired by a fictional story from the Philippine Star newspaper, COWBOY COUNTRY tells an absurd yet beautiful narrative of Manila.

About the artists

Born in Sydney in 1975, David Griggs has studios in both Sydney and Manila, where he has worked on-and-off for 10 years. He has been a finalist in the 2007, 2009, 2013, 2014 and 2016 Archibald Prizes.

He has a Master of Fine Arts (Sculpture) from UNSW Art + Design and a Bachelor of Visual Art (Painting) from Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney.

He has exhibited extensively throughout Australia and South East Asia, including Institute of Modern Art, Artspace, AGNSW, Heide Museum of Modern Art and Manilla Contemporary.

In 2003, Griggs was awarded the Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists, the Willoughby City Art Prize in 2001; and in 1997 he won the Sir William Dobell Art Scholarship.

His work is held by the Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia; University of Queensland and the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney collections. David Griggs is represented by Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Gallery Ecosse, NSW and STATION Gallery, Melbourne.

Touring Venues
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A Campbelltown Arts Centre exhibition toured by Museums & Galleries of NSW