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David Griessel

b.1990

Biography:

David was born (1990) and raised in Bloemfontein. He completed his BA in Fine Arts at the University of The Free State in 2012. He has since then been a full time artists and picture book illustrator. In 2015 he relocated to Cape Town, where he currently lives a free-lance lifestyle and regularly exhibits.  He has exhibited at many galleries in South Africa and also in France during an art residency at Draw International in Caylus.

Inspiration:

My drawings may simply appear to be whimsical fantasy scenes, but in actuality the themes I attempt to visualize are often very serious and extremely personal:  My art walks the tightrope between playfulness and solemnity, whimsy and pensiveness.  Occasionally I use picture book illustration as an idiom to express my ideas.  Illustration in itself is not seen by many as forming part of the ‘Fine Arts’ family, but more as a bastard child spawned in a scandalous union between word and image.  My pictures are my own restless bastard children: They are not completely at home in fine art galleries but also not comfortable to be safely encased between the covers of a book, like their creator they feel safest in the periphery, the threshold and the boundary. 

Obviously there are themes, metaphors, symbols and concepts that recur throughout my work.  An analogy can be made between this and the currents forming channels within the chaos of the sea: The travelling nomad, displacement, alienation, destruction and melancholia are examples of the currents tracing their way in the ocean of my mind.  Interspersed among these works are whimsical and often quite arbitrary references to literature that include, Franz Kafka, Nietzsche, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and T.S Elliot. I find equal amounts of inspiration in literature as I do in art history and I often employ a prominent (but also ambiguous) sense of narrative in my drawings.

In summation my art practise is an act of building a parallel universe, one drawing at a time.

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Arbour Oneirica

Arbour Oneirica

Talita Steyn, David Griessel
Articles, Press, News, About Artist, Blog
27 Aug 2019

Arbor Oneirica is a joint solo exhibition with David Griessel and Talita Steyn at Art@Africa on the 6th November. Written by Nadine Froneman MFA

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Arbor Oneirica

Arbor Oneirica

Talita Steyn, Gregg Price, David Griessel
Art@ClockTower
06 Nov 2019 - 05 Dec 2019

The solo exhibition of David Griessel and Talita Steyn will open on the 3rd October at Art@Clocktower gallery to celebrate these young ...

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Turbine Art Fair

Turbine Art Fair

Talita Steyn, Kara Schoeman, Kobus Walker, Ndabuko , Gregg Price, Eben , Lauren Redman, David Griessel
Turbine Art Fair
11 Jul 2019 - 14 Jul 2019

Art@Africa will be exhibiting a collection of their represented artists in the Turbine Art Fair on the 11th - 14th of July in ...

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