Famous for his bold, anarchistic approach, David Griggs’s unique blend of portraiture, political imagery and vernacular motifs explore the darker side of the human condition. Griggs has exhibited extensively throughout Australia and South East Asia, including notable exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia; Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne; Blacktown Arts Centre, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; Artspace, Sydney; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney and Manilla Contemporary, Philippines. Griggs has been selected as finalist in the 2007, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017 Archibald Prizes. Most recently, David Griggs presented a major survey exhibition BETWEEN NATURE AND SIN at Campbelltown Arts Centre, NSW, which is scheduled to tour Australia until late 2019. In 2009, Griggs presented New York Paris London Rome Manila City Jail, at Green Papaya Art Projects in Manila as part of a cooperation with Asia Link and the Australian Embassy. . In 2003, Griggs was awarded the Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists, the Willoughby City Art Prize in 2001; and in 1997 the Sir William Dobell Art Scholarship.
Griggs’ work is held in major museum collections in Australia, including the Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia; University of Queensland and the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney as well as important corporate and private collections internationally. David Griggs has been represented by Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery since 2011.