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Title

Renewing the spirit no. 4

2006


Artist

David Griggs

Australia

1975 -


About

David Griggs is an Australian artist whose work is largely informed by his experiences of living in South East Asia. His forte is painting, but installation, photography and video are also important facets of his practice. This work, 'Renewing the spirit no 4', is a grungy post-pop painting that was probably inspired by Griggs's observations of Roman Catholic festivals in Manila in the Philippines, specifically Holy Week and Day of the Dead. Here, Griggs has appropriated, in a typically irreverent manner, imagery associated with these ceremonies such as skulls, crucifixes and apocalyptic horsemen, as well as symbols synonymous with Filipino nationalism and street culture, including eagles, balaclavas and flowers. The inventive ways in which European and American culture, imparted through centuries of colonialism and imperialism, is adopted and adapted by Filipino society appears to be a key source of inspiration behind this particular work by Griggs.


Details


Date

2006


Media category

Painting


Materials used

synthetic polymer paint on canvas


Dimensions

183.0 x 183.0 x 2.0 cm stretcher


Signature & date

Signed and dated u.r. verso on stretcher, black fibre-tipped pen "David Griggs 2006.".


Credit

Anonymous gift 2018. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program


Location

Not on display


Accession number

132.2018


Artist information

David Griggs

Works in the collection

1


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Aaron Seeto, Primavera 2006: exhibition of young Australian artists, Sydney, 2006, 6, 21, 48-49. general reference