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The Yum Yuck Hippy Paintings - artist statement

For all my projects I write a list of notes. Notes that I use as a guide. A guide that will help me remember the original ideas I had when I wrote the notes.
As Charles Manson said “no sense makes sense”. For The yum yuck hippy paintings, the notes where as follows:

Freddy Krueger

(Then I had written a small reminder to myself at the end of the notes that read)
So you still want to make an abstract painting? Good luck idiot!

David Griggs, 2014

[essays should not be reproduced without permission from the authors]









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

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

Currently Lives and works Manila, Philippines
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
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

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

Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship Exhibition, COFA Gallery, Sydney


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