David Griggs explores the darker undercurrents of human existence. His work, predominately portraiture, focuses on the human condition; drawing on political imagery, underground media, local histories and personal experience. His work is often collaborative, engaging directly with communities while remaining sensitive to the ethical and moral obligations this demands. For the last 10 years Griggs has resided in the Philippines and has created a significant body of work traversing painting, photography and film that reveals the social hierarchies and underground culture of his adopted home.

Developed by Campbelltown Arts Centre, BETWEEN NATURE AND SIN brings together key works produced during this time and is the first major Australian survey of this leading artist’s practice. The exhibition will include the premiere of Griggs’ feature film, COWBOY COUNTRY.

Visitors have commented:

“Very excited to see this exhibition here”

The Glasshouse, Port Macquarie, NSW

“Incredibly powerful, moving and thought provoking…thank you for making me see the world in a different way”

Redland Art Gallery, QLD

“Loved the David Griggs! It was the best experience I have had”

Maitland Regional Art Gallery, NSW



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.



Campbelltown Arts Centre, NSW 5 August – 15 October 2017
Glasshouse Regional Gallery, NSW 10 March – 22 April 2018
Northern Centre for Contemporary Art , NT 4 May – 2 June 2018
Redland Art Gallery, QLD 22 July – 26 August 2018
Cairns Art Gallery, QLD 28 September – 25 November 2018
Lismore Regional Gallery, NSW 8 December 2018 – 24 February 2019
Griffith Regional Art Gallery, NSW 22 March 2019 – 21 April 2019
Maitland Regional Art Gallery, NSW 4 May – 21 July 2019
Orange Regional Gallery, NSW 3 August – 29 September 2019
Bunjil Place Gallery, VIC 5 October – 1 December 2019



GALLERY CONVERSATIONS with David Griggs (3) from Glasshouse Port Macquarie on Vimeo.


A Campbelltown Arts Centre exhibition presented nationally by Museums & Galleries of NSW. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.